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Cherry Blossom Parade Coming to a Close; Drawing Thousands to D.C.

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Cherry blossoms hang on the Tidal Basin as the Cherry Blossom Festival comes to a close Sunday. (credit: Cameron Thompson/All News 99.1)

Cherry blossoms hang on the Tidal Basin as the Cherry Blossom Festival comes to a close Sunday. (credit: Cameron Thompson/All News 99.1)

UPDATED: April 13, 2014 8:57 a.m.

WASHINGTON (WNEW/AP)— The National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade is bringing Washington’s springtime festival to a close Sunday as the cherry blossom trees are in full bloom.

A closing concert will be held at the Tidal Basin stage beginning at 2 p.m. on Maine Avenue.

The concert is free and the AUN J-Classic Orchestra – composed entirely of classic Japanese instruments played by young Japanese musicians – is on tap to perform, according to festival organizers.

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Saturday’s parade included celebrity performers, including Jay Sean, Candice Glover from “American Idol,” singer Sheena Easton and hip-hop performer Aaron Carter.

Former Washington Redskins cornerback Darrell Green was the parade’s grand marshal.

The parade also included marching bands and other groups representing states from West Virginia to California.

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The parade ran from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday on Constitution Avenue and was televised Saturday afternoon. Organizers say it was also being syndicated nationally.

This year Norah O’Donnell from “CBS This Morning” co-hosted the parade coverage with anchors from WUSA-TV.

The Sakura Matsuri Japanese Street Festival was held on Pennsylvania Avenue.

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