Cherry Blossom Festival Ends with Grand Parade (photos)

Miss Maryland 2017 Kathleen Masek. Photo by Jeff Malet.

The National Cherry Blossom Festival concluded on a magnificent Saturday April 14 with a grand parade down Constitution Avenue .

Only a block away, the Japan-America Society’s Sakura Matsuri Festival, the largest one-day celebration of Japanese culture in the United States, occupied a half mile on Pennsylvania Ave.

Not to be outdone, the United States Navy Memorial was host to the annual Blessing of the Fleet ceremony, a centuries-old tradition that protects Sailors from the dangers of the sea.

View Jeff Malet’s photos from these events by clicking on the photo icons below.

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