The cherry blossoms are looking glorious. They're in full bloom, and it'll be prime viewing over the weekend. On some trees, you can spot some of the green leaves poking through, but for the most part they're covered in beautiful white flowers in their prime. Over the next few days, the white will turn to pink--when I personally think they look their best.
As we head deeper into next week, they'll start to fade. Stay tuned for a post later today illustrating what to expect as we move forward.
The weather forecast is shaping up very nicely for the weekend, and it should be a great opportunity to cruise the Tidal Basin in a paddle boat.
It's going to get very busy around the Tidal Basin and National Mall. It'll a good weekend to leave the car at home and find another way into town (here are some ideas on how to get there).
The National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade kicks off at 10am Saturday on Constitution Avenue.
Want to Help Support DC's Cherry Trees?
If you'd like to help support the care and upkeep of the cherry trees around the Tidal Basin, the Trust for The National Mall has launched an Endow a Cherry Tree Campaign. Donations go to the official Cherry Tree Endowment, which will give the National Park Service additional resources to fund the care, maintenance, and possible replacement of the cherry trees. You can find more information here.
The Trust is dedicated to marshaling private support for maintaining and improving the history National Mall area. I'm not affiliated with the Trust--just an admirer of their efforts.