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Blossom buds are forming on the Japanese cherry trees along the Tidal Basin, and peak bloom is forecast for the last week of March. Above, goodwill ambassadors gather for a news conference on plans for this year's National Cherry Blossom Festival, a centennial celebration to begin March 20 and run five weeks. (T.J. Kirkpatrick/Special to The Washington Times)

Blossom buds are forming on the Japanese cherry trees along the Tidal Basin, and peak bloom is forecast for the last week of March. Above, goodwill ambassadors gather for a news conference on plans for this year's National Cherry Blossom Festival, a centennial celebration to begin March 20 and run five weeks. (T.J. Kirkpatrick/Special to The Washington Times)

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