PHOTOS: National Cherry Blossom Parade Attracts Spectators Across DC

A gray, gloomy sky filled with rain gave way to an abundant sun, just as artists from around the world lined up for the National Cherry Blossom Festival parade. See photos and video.

Thousands of people gathered along Constitution Avenue in Washington for the annual National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade.

A gray and dreary sky raining in the rain gave way to an abundant sun, as artists from all over the world were preparing for the 10-block road, from the 7th to the 7th and Constitution through the 17th and constitution in Northwest.

Anne Cole, who was in a motor caravan a few weeks ago with her husband from Box Elder, in South Dakota, was at the vanguard of 9th Street. They have been here for a few weeks and have understood everything.

"We wanted to come for the flower season and all the flowers," said Cole. "We wanted to see everything once."

"There are so many things to consider, there is so much history. We absolutely loved it. And the flowers were just the icing on the cake, "Cole said.

Friday night, Nicole Humphries went to the south of Wayne, New Jersey to attend the parade with her daughter Hallie.

"We have timed for the parade," said Humphries. "Of course, New Jersey also has cherry blossoms, but they are not as beautiful as those here, so we wanted to show him something different."

Hallie loved the dancers who made their way through the parade route. The other children along the parade were ready to tell everything they had seen.

That's exactly what Jacai Kearney of Northwest DC was doing alongside a concrete planter, but he started his list of favorite presentations with soldiers from different branches of the military who have parade in uniform.

"All that is part of our life," he said. "Then I see everyone with balloons doing everything," he added.

"It's so crowded that most people can not even see, they have to stand up," he said. "What I'm going to do is enjoy the show."

Juan Suero of Rosslyn, Va., Said he was doing the same thing. He lived in the Washington area for about a year after leaving the military. This was his first parade of cherry blossoms.

"Kids love it, so I had to get them," said Suero. "I could not miss it this year."

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