Cherry Blossom Festival's opening ceremony celebrates blossoms' resiliency

Cherry Blossom Festival's opening ceremony celebrates blossoms' resiliency (ABC7)

Following a few cold snaps in recent weeks, some were worried about the future of the cherry blossoms. Those cherry blossoms proved to be resilient.

“Some people doubted it, but we know we have some tough old trees,” said Mayor Muriel Bowser.

The National Cherry Blossom Festival’s opening ceremony celebrated that fact and more.

“We are very happy in the District that Spring has officially arrived and that our cherry blossoms are blooming,” Bowser.

ABC7’s Michelle Marsh served as the master of ceremony.

The ceremony featured performers from across the country and some from as far as Japan.

Singer May J. flew in from Tokyo on Thursday. She is well known for singing Disney’s “Let it Go” in Japanese.

“This was my first time coming to D.C. too,” said May J.

One of her favorite things about the Cherry Blossom Festival is that the cherry trees are a gift that keeps on giving. They form a beautiful friendship between Japan and the United States.

“You know Japanese people, they really love the cherry blossoms, so seeing them enjoy just as we do, is just amazing,” said May J.

1.5 million people are expected to participate in the Cherry Blossom Festival. Darrell Randolph and his family will join them.

“I guess we’ll be doing some planning for the next couple of weeks,” said Randolph.

The official hashtag for the Cherry Blossom Festival is #BlossomMoments.

Click here to see a list of the Cherry Blossom Festival’s events.

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