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We interrupt your regularly scheduled winter to bring you this news: D.C.’s famed Tidal Basin cherry blossoms are expected to reach peak bloom between April 11 and 14, the National Park Service announced this morning.

The festival held to celebrate this glorious sign of spring will begin on March 20 and end on April 12.  Scheduled events include the National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade and the Anacostia River Festival, which will be presented in part by the 11th Street Bridge Park.

The cherry blossoms hit peak bloom on April 10 last year. Follow the bloom schedule here.

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