SF’s Cherry Blossom Parade
The 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.
Highlights for 2019 include the massive grand parade on Sunday 4/21, a world-class origami exhibit, the Japanese sword club, anime trivia, cosplay on the catwalk, karate demos, Japanese tea, a Sakura 360 / J-Pop section (Post at Fillmore) and tons more.
All are welcome to join in the festivities as San Francisco’s Japantown celebrates Japanese and Japanese-American culture. The festival will be held on Post Street between Laguna and Fillmore Streets.
Each year, over 220,000 people attend this dazzling display showcasing the vibrant colors and grace of the Japanese culture and the diversity of the Japanese American Community.
52nd Annual Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival
– April 13-14, 2019 | 11 am to 6 pm
– April 20-21, 2019 | 11 am to 6 pm
– Parade – Sunday, April 21, 2019 at 1 pm
Japantown (Post and Buchanan Streets), San Francisco
The Grand Parade will be held on Sunday, April 21, 2019, beginning at Civic Center, 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.