The buds still aren't open on the cherry trees in Washington, D.C., but the national festival to honor the annual springtime event is blossoming.
Saturday night hundreds came out to enjoy multicultural performances featuring singers and dancers.
The Japanese ambassador to the U.S. marveled at the beauty of the pink and white blossoms but joked about the traffic snarls that also ensue.
Washington D.C.'s mayor noted that even though it's spring, the region is expecting a snowstorm on Tuesday.
This year marks the 102nd anniversary of the gift of thousands of cherry trees from Japan as a symbol of friendship with the United States.
Peak bloom is expected between April 8th and April 12th