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Cherry Blossom Festival Marks DC's Pandemic Comeback

On an unusually warm March day, Cherry Blossom Trees are seen budding but not yet in bloom, Monday, March 7, 2022, along the tidal basin in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
On an unusually warm March day, Cherry Blossom Trees are seen budding but not yet in bloom, Monday, March 7, 2022, along the tidal basin in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
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Washington (AP) -- The National Cherry Blossom Festival is returning with all its pageantry, Washington's unofficial re-emergence from two years of pandemic limits and closures.

“This year, more than ever, you really understand why the festival is so important,” said Festival President Diana Mayhew. “We recognize that it’s more than just a festival. It’s about spring and renewal and a sense of new beginnings.”