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Washington DC is a beautiful place with a lot of beautiful people in its community. Our mission is to give parents, teachers, researchers, and visitors some ideas what to see in our nation's capital and surrounding area. There are over 12,000 photographs in our collection for you to explore.

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Cherry Blossom in Washington DC Peak Bloom

West Potomac Park and the Tidal Basin with its flowering Japanese cherry blossom trees are under the care of the National Park Service. A horticulturist by the name of Robert DeFeo is the Park Service's cherry blossom expert and according to Mr. DeFeo peak bloom time (or peak bloom period) is defined as when 70 percent or more of Cherry trees are in full bloom. This is also the time which attracts tourists (both local and worldwide) to take pictures of cherry blossom trees so they can say they were a part of the DC cherry blossom experience.

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Lantern Lighting Ceremony

Every year a 350-year-old stone lantern is lit in the Thomas Jefferson Tidal Basin. This formal ceremony commemorates the 1912 gift to Washington D.C. of 3000 cherry trees from Mayor Yukio Ozaki of Tokyo to enhance the growing friendship between the United States and Japan. The event includes traditional Japanese performers, Washington dignitaries and the 70 Cherry Blossom princesses representing states, territories, and embassies. The lighting ceremony is held at the site of the first two cherry trees planted by Mrs. William Howard Taft and Viscountess Chinda in 1912. The Lantern ceremony is don't miss! Special thanks to Mark Rhoads of the National Conference of State Societies for his help with this gallery.

Location : Tidal Basin at Independence Ave. and 17 th St., SW.

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Snow Dusts Spring Blossoms

Snow in April? It's not the image most of us have, or hope for, when we think of Easter in our Nation's capital. On rare occassions, Ol' Jack Frost gets stubborn about Spring and sends one last cold breath down South. On Easter Weekend, Washingtonians woke up to a light blanket of pure white snow that covered cherry blossoms, tulips, Daffodis, and many Spring wildflowers blooming around the the metro area. This stunning effect did not last long. Once the morning sun rays touched the snow it swiftly melted away. Winter was gone. Welcome Springtime.

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Cherry Blossoms: Kenwood, Maryland

Kenwood, a Bethesda neighborhood between Little Falls Parkway and River Road in Montgomery County, Maryland has 1,200 white, pink, and dark - pink blossomed Yoshino cherry trees lining the streets. It is spectacular, natural beauty.

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Paddle Boating on the Tidal Basin

View the Jefferson Memorial and Japanese Cherry Trees from the water. Enjoy a family outing or take a break from touring and soak up some sun in your very own Tidal Basin Paddle Boat.
Take Metro to the Smithsonian Station (Blue/Orange lines) and use the 12th Street & Independence Ave.exit. Walk west on Independence toward 15th Street. Directions: Turn left on Raoul Wallenberg Place (15th Street) and continue toward the Jefferson Memorial and look for the Tidal Basin Paddle Boat dock. Rent a paddle boat for $8.00 per hour - 2 passenger boat; $16.00 per hour - 4 passenger boat. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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Macys Thanksgiving Day Parade

With the chill of late November comes America's favorite holiday spectacular; the official kick off to the holiday season - the annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. America's Parade stepped off on Thursday, November 24th at 9:00 AM with over 10,000 Macy's employees, volunteers, marching bands, clowns, balloons, floats and performers in tow. Over 2.5 million spectators lined the streets of New York City and more than 50 million viewers watched the celebration on television nationwide. Follow DCpages for an exclusive view of the magical moment when balloons and floats transform the streets of the Big Apple. All the children shout, "Let's Have A Parade!"

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Ash Wednesday Mass

In Washington, DC, Washington Archbishop Donald W. Wuerl celebrated Ash Wednesday Mass at the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle. Lent, in most Christian denominations, is the forty-day liturgical season of fasting and prayer before Easter. Ash Wednesday is a time for repentance and it marks the beginning of Lent. The Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle plays a leading role in the nation's capital as the center of its Roman Catholic community.

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Shamrock Festival

St. Patrick's Day is a time to celebrate shamrocks, leprechauns and enjoying the golden bubbly. On Saturday, March 10, over 40 local and national bands performed on 8 stages at the 2007 Shamrock Festival. The all-day festival was the biggest St. Patty's Festival in the history of the DC area. Jugglers, comedians, and magicians provided entertainment throughout the day while vendors sold everything from Irish crafts to beer throughout the grounds.



This year's festival featured many local bands from the Northern Virginia and Dewey party circuit, like Mr. Greengenes, The Kelly Bell Band, and JunkFood, plus a couple of national-level headliners in the Connells and Flogging Molly. Tents were also set up for DJ's, including an appearance by DJ AM that had the whole crowd rocking. Proceeds went to help Stop Child...

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Washington DC St. Patricks Day Parade

Whether or not your ancestors were Irish it's fun to celebrate St Patrick's day in Washington DC. Our parade is a fun time for the lads and lasses! The Parade is an Irish community endeavor that was started by the Irish American Club and is now held in cooperation with the National Capital Park Service. The parade starts at 11:30 am until approximately 2:15 pm on Constitution Avenue.

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Grand Holiday Displays

Washington DC has many homes beautifully lit up for the holidays. If you have young kids, grab some hot chocolate, hop in your car, and drive around our neighborhoods. District of Columbia residents have put a lot of time and effort into decking our city with dazzling displays and decorative delights. Drive slowly as you gape at the multiple houses that are blazing with lights. From Santa and candy canes, to inflatables and nativity scenes, our staff photographed some spirited displays that are worth a look.

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