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Updated: National Cherry Blossom Festival Announces Changes Due to Coronavirus

Organizers are trying to "reimagine" some of the offerings.

Photograph courtesy National Cherry Blossom Festival.
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The National Cherry Blossom Festival is the latest event forced to change course as a result of the novel coronavirus, the Festival announced Wednesday.

The event was scheduled to run from March 20 to April 12. All events until March 31 have been cancelled or postponed. The festival’s management says it is looking for ways to “reimagine” events such as the opening ceremony. Decisions about the April events are still to come.

Here’s what’s been affected so far:

National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade – Canceled.

Petalpalooza – Canceled.

Japanese Street Festival, Sakura Matsuri – Postponed.

The Anacostia River Festival – Postponed until August 9, 2020.

The Pink Tie Party (March 20): Postponed. However, the silent auction fundraiser will still take place online. 

The Opening Ceremony (March 21): No longer being held at the Warner Theatre. The organizers are hoping to livestream the event.

The Blossom Kite Festival (March 28): Canceled.

The Tidal Basin Welcome Area: Canceled.

This post will be updated.

Emma Francois is an editorial fellow at Washingtonian covering everything from food to fashion. She graduated from Georgetown University and has previously worked for USA Today, the Georgetown Voice, and the Chautauquan Daily.