Festival Asks You to Stand with Japan

Sylvan Theater, 15th Street & Independence Avenue, SW.

Washington, DC (March 23, 2011) – The National Cherry Blossom Festival and partners today asked the public to join together and Stand With Japan at the Washington Monument, followed by a walk around the Tidal Basin signifying solidarity and support for Japan. Beginning at 6:30pm on March 24, people will gather at Sylvan Theater (15th Street & Independence Avenue, SW) before walking the Tidal Basin in the spirit of hope and rebuilding.

All donations received throughout the fundraising effort will go directly to the American Red Cross and their Japan Earthquake and Pacific Tsunami fund.

At the event, people are encouraged to gather to reflect and participate in the walk around the Tidal Basin, where the cherry blossom trees, gifted to Washington, DC from Tokyo in 1912, have stood the test of time for 99 years. The Festival is uniquely positioned as a natural conduit to unite the millions of people who want to assist and express their support in a show of unity. The relationship with Japan is at the heart Festival, and the evening of hope and perseverance occurs before the 16-day celebration begins on Saturday, March 26. The Festival’s diverse and creative programming honors the gift of trees each year and the enduring friendship between the two countries.

The Festival is also holding an online auction, and a portion of the proceeds will be designated to the fund. Additional fundraising efforts will be held in conjunction with the Pink Tie Party on Wednesday, March 23. A number of Festival participants and partners will also hold events to benefit the fund, and a full list will be continually updated on

The National Cherry Blossom Festival is Washington, DC’s and the nation’s greatest springtime celebration.

The 2011 Festival, March 26-April 10, includes three spectacular weekends and daily events featuring diverse and creative programming promoting traditional and contemporary arts and culture, natural beauty, and community spirit. The 2011 Festival commemorates the of the gift of the cherry blossom trees and the enduring friendship between the United States and Japan.

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