Cherry Blossom Festival Reschedules Opening Ceremony Due to March for Our Lives - NBC4 Washington
2018 National Cherry Blossom Festival

2018 National Cherry Blossom Festival

Cherry Blossom Festival Reschedules Opening Ceremony Due to March for Our Lives

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    WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 25: Cherry blossoms are seen in full bloom on the Tidal Basin on March 25, 2016 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Leigh Vogel/Getty Images)

    The opening ceremony of the Cherry Blossom Festival has been pushed back by one day because of large crowds expected for the March for Our Lives.

    National Cherry Blossom Festival organizers said that road closures and an expected influx of Metro riders contributed to the decision.

    The opening ceremony is a ticketed event now set for March 25. The ceremony will still be held at The Warner Theatre, organizers said.

    The theatre is on 13th Street Northwest, about a block away from where thousands of activists are expected to demonstrate for school safety and gun control on Pennsylvania Avenue on March 25.

    Due to unseasonably cold weather, the National Park Service recently changed its projection for the peak bloom dates, pushing it back about 10 days. Peak bloom is now expected to begin on March 27.

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