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2015 Cherry Blossom Festival & Grand Parade | Civic Center

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Sunday, April 19, 2015 - All Day | Cost: FREE
Japantown Peace Plaza | Post Street at Buchanan Street, San Francisco, CA



2015 Cherry Blossom Festival | Japantown

2015 Cherry Blossom Festival & Grand Parade | Civic CenterThe Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival, said to be the second largest festival outside of Washington, D.C., celebrates the blooming of cherry blossoms at one of three remaining Japantowns in the United States.

48th Annual Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival
– April 11-12, 2015 | 10 am to 5 pm
– April 18-19, 2015 | 10 am to 5 pm
Japantown (Post and Buchanan Streets), San Francisco
FREE

> View the entire event schedule

The 2015 Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival, now celebrating its 48th year, is one of California’s most prominent celebrations of Asian traditions. Each year, over 200,000 people attend this dazzling display showcasing the color and grace of the Japanese culture and the diversity of the Japanese American Community.

2015 Cherry Blossom Festival & Grand Parade | Civic Center

The Grand Parade will be held on Sunday, April 19, 2015, beginning at City Hall at 1 pm and concluding in Japantown.

There will be food booths, cultural performances, martial arts, live bands, the annual Queen Program, exhibits and demonstrations of ikebana (flower arranging), sumi-e (brush/ink painting), calligraphy, bonsai (tree dwarfing), origami, and doll-making. Traditional Japanese music will fill the air at recitals spotlighting koto (harp-like instruments), shakuhachi (bamboo flutes), and shamisen.

San Francisco Taiko Dojo performs a free show at noon on April 11, 12, 18 at the Peace Plaza and on April 19th at 1pm in the parade.

In 2015, the Hello Kitty food truck (yes, you read that right) will be at the Cherry Blossom Festival selling cutesy snacks like macarons, petit fours and donuts. Yes, you can now literally binge on Hello Kitty.  

2015 Cherry Blossom Festival & Grand Parade | Civic Center

2015 Cherry Blossom Festival & Grand Parade | Civic CenterThe 2015 Cherry Blossom Festival Grand Parade begins at the Civic Center at 1 pm on Sunday, April 19, 2015, proceeding up Polk to Post Street, and ending in Japantown at Post and Fillmore streets.

A number of performers from Japan will also grace us with their presence. Japanese classical (Buyo) and folk dance (Minyo) groups representing the Bay Area will perform throughout the parade route like a myriad of floating butterflies.

Highly honored Boy Scout Troops from the Japanese American communities will march proudly along the streets. Streams of colorful floats will be carrying young women representing Japanese American and other Asian American communities.

World renowned San Francisco Taiko Dojo will keep the parade upbeat with the thundering sound of the taiko, and this year’s Queen and her Court will cascade their way to Japantown. Anchoring the parade is the exciting Taru Mikoshi, that will be hoisted by over one hundred strong individuals from throughout the Bay Area.


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Cost: FREE

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