- The Washington Times - Sunday, April 5, 2009


This weekend’s Cherry Blossom Festival activities kicked off Saturday morning with a parade featuring “Jeopardy!” television game-show host Alex Trebek as grand marshal. A Japanese street fair followed in the afternoon. On Sunday, Metro planned to open two hours early at 5 a.m. for a 10-mile run and a 5K run/walk. The festival runs through April 12, with more than 1 million visitors expected to participate in a slew of festival events and stroll by the 3,700 cherry trees that circle Washington’s Tidal Basin.

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