Final Weekend of Cherry Blossom Festival Presents Parade, Street Fair

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    Friday's rain should clear out just in time for folks to enjoy all the events going on this weekend for the Cherry Blossom Festival. News4's Megan McGrath is live from the Tidal Basin with a look at what to expect this weekend. (Published Friday, Apr 4, 2014)

    The blossoms are just barely blooming, but the National Cherry Blossom Festival will wrap up this weekend with two of its capstone events: the National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade and the Sakura Matsuri Japanese Street Festival.

    Both are set for Saturday. The parade (10 a.m.-noon) features "American Idol" winner Candice Glover; Aaron Carter; R&B/Gospel singer Regina Belle; Sheena Easton, and Branden James from "America's Got Talent."

    Grandstand seating will set you back $20, but it's free to snag a standing-room spot. The parade will run along Constitution Avenue between 7th and 17th streets NW.

    The street fair (10:30 a.m.-6 p.m) will offer Japanese food (including plenty of sushi), live performances and a Japanese vendors' market. Admission to the fair is $8 for those age 13 and older; it's free for kids ages 12 and younger. You'll find it at 12th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW.

    Looking for more cherry blossom-related fun? Here are our suggestions:

    • Hit up a local bar or restaurant for special cherry-infused or Japan-inspired menu items. See our picks for cocktails here and bites here.

    Find more events here.

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