While COVID-19 is still hanging its ugly head over this year's National Cherry Blossom Festival (nationalcherryblossomfes
"Petal Porch Parade was created to help bring the spirit of the National Cherry Blossom Festival to the community," said Festival President and CEO Diana Mayhew. "We’re inviting residents of Washington, DC, as well as adjacent neighborhoods in Maryland and Virginia to join in."
"Really, anyone anywhere can participate," added Mayhew. "Particularly if they want to be active in the social media component of the program. We will only include addresses within the local DMV as part of the porch parade map.
Early registrants will receive a yard sign to display as part of the National Cherry Blossom Festival. Neighborhoods that have the densest numbers of decorated houses, yards, and windows will be chosen for the inaugural Petal Procession and the Festival will process down their street in blossom cars, custom painted by local artists. Participants will also have the opportunity to win Festival prize packs with official merchandise.
The timing of the Petal Porch event is:
- Registration: mid-February to March 15, 2021
- Touring: March 20 to April 11, 2021
- Petal Porch Procession: April 10-11, 2021
We encourage everyone to register and decorate for spring! You don't need a "porch" to participate. Decorations can be displayed in a window, on a sidewalk, or anywhere visible from the sidewalk.
- Bellis perennis - early annual
- Camellia japonica - too many pink varieties to list!
- Chaenomeles superba 'Pink Lady', 'Pink Storm', 'Pink Trail'
- Cyclamen, any pink varieties
- Epimedium 'Brilliant Ruby Star', 'Cherry Tart', 'Dark Beauty', 'Lilafee', 'Purple Rain'
- Erythronium dens-canis 'Purple King', 'Lilac Wonder', E. revolutum 'Pink Perfection'
- Helleborus 'Pink Frost', Glenda's Gloss' .... the list goes on and on
- Prunus x incamp 'Okame'
- Prunus triloba - flowering almond
- Prunus blireiana
- Species tulips 'Lady Tulip' and 'Lilac Wonder'
- Muscari 'Pink Sunrise'
- Crocus 'Pink Snow'