WASHINGTON – The day was tinted pink Saturday as crowds surged to the Tidal Basin in West Potomac Park eager to witness the legendary 3,750 trees abloom with cherry blossoms.
The park was overflowing with people waiting for the perfect photo opportunity after the National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade ended in the late morning.
Kites, dogs and sunglasses were a must as families broke out selfie sticks for photos featuring the blossoms and the Washington Monument or Jefferson Memorial.
The trees, a gift in 1912 from Japan, have become a part one of the major spring festivals in the United States. The festival is four weeks and welcomes more than 1.5 million people each year.
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