The U.S. capital of Washington is preparing for the country’s largest spring celebration with the National Cherry Blossom Festival to feature thousands of cherry blossoms around the Tidal Basin from March 20 to April 13.

The trees were a present from Japan 102 years ago.

The highlight of the event is the National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade on April 12. Tourism representatives say the festivities will also include performers in colourful costumes, brass bands and various artists.

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