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Saturday, April 8, 10 a.m. to noon; FREE along the Parade route

The National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade® presented by Events DC will take place Saturday, April 8 from 10 a.m. to noon, rain or shine. One of the Festival’s largest events, the Parade runs along Constitution Avenue from 7th to 17th Streets, NW. The Parade, hosted by ABC-7/WJLA-TV anchors Alison Starling and Jonathan Elias, will feature celebrity entertainment by Jo Dee Messina, helium balloons, characters, floats, marching bands and other performers.

WASH-FM’s Loo Katz and Chilli Amar return as announcers at the Parade’s new West End Experience, which will include special performances. Local ABC affiliate WJLA will air the Parade locally in a delayed telecast from noon to 2 p.m. The Parade will be nationally syndicated to audiences across the country through the support of Events DC.

Celebrity talent and exciting Parade elements include:
 98 Degrees member and “Dancing with the Stars” winner Drew Lachey
 Grammy nominated country singer Jo Dee Messina
 DC-native DJ Kool of the 1996 chart topping single “Let Me Clear My Throat”
 Miss America 2017, Savvy Shields
 Brian Justin Crum, breakout star from the most recent season of “America’s Got Talent”
 Washington Redskins Cheerleaders
 Winners of the 2017 Sing Into Spring competition
 Gigantic helium balloons, including Mr. Potato Head, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, and more

Approximately 80 entities join the festivities, including 900 youth chorus members, 400 all-star dancers, the Ballou High School Marching Band, the Tamagawa University Taiko Drumming and Dance Troupe, and more.

TICKETS & TRANSPORTATION: Free and open to the public. Limited Prime Grandstand seats are on sale now and can be purchased at The Grandstand section offers reserved seating along Constitution Avenue between 15th and 17th Streets, NW. Group tickets for 10 or more are also available. Standing along the Parade route is free between 9th and 15th Streets, NW and open to the public.

The event is Metro-accessible via the Archives-Navy Memorial stop on the Yellow/Green lines or Federal Triangle on the Blue/Orange lines. The Parade is presented by Events DC and supported by ANA, Downtown DC Business Improvement District, Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA), DARCARS – the official vehicle provider for the Parade, Harris Teeter, Japanese National Tourism Organization, MGM National Harbor, Microsoft, NHK World TV, The Express, Johnson’s Florist and Garden Centers, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries America Inc, Newseum, University of the District of Columbia, City Sights DC, CSI Printing & Graphics, and media partners ABC7/WJLA-TV, 97.1 WASH-FM, and The Washington Informer.

The National Cherry Blossom Festival is the nation’s greatest springtime celebration. The 2017 Festival, March 15 – April 16, includes four weeks of events featuring diverse and creative programming promoting traditional and contemporary arts and culture, natural beauty, and community spirit. Visit or call 877.44.BLOOM for more information and find us on Facebook (CherryBlossomFestival), Twitter (@CherryBlossFest), and Instagram (@CherryBlossFest).


Nine Time No. 1, Multi-Platinum Selling, Award-Winning Artist Releases Holiday Single to Radio and Digital Retailers

Country music superstar Jo Dee Messina announced the release of her Christmas single, “Noel,” to Country and Christian radio and digital download platforms. The song, produced by Ian Eskelin, was written by Matt Redman, Chris Tomlin, and Ed Cash. The track also features background vocals by special guest Jonathan Allen.

“Of all the people I could have chosen to sing on this song, I chose Jonathan Allen,” stated Messina. “He leads the sanctuary of Grace Chapel [in Leiper’s Fork, TN] in worship, sharing music and scripture while ushering in the presence of God every Sunday. It’s such an honor to have him be a part of this.”

Messina, who launched her independent label Dreambound Records following a seventeen-year run with a major label, previously released full-length album Me, which yielded three radio singles; an acoustic version of fan-favorite “Will You Love Me;” and “Night Crawl” through fitness company Beachbody. “Noel” marks her first holiday release under her own label, as well as her official introduction into the Christian genre — a direction she envisions her new music heading in the near future.

“This song truly reached my heart when I first heard it,” explained Messina. “It calls everyone to come and see – see how much God loves us. In human form, a way we can understand it, He gave us Christ, the greatest gift of all. Thank you, Father.”

“Noel” is now available for download across all digital platforms, including iTunesGoogle Play, and Amazon Music. Messina will be performing the song on ABC Networks as part of the holiday parades in Chicago (Nov. 19), Philadelphia (Nov. 24), and Nashville (Dec. 3). The lyric video for “Noel” can also be viewed now on YouTube.


Jo Dee Messina to Kickoff Beachbody Summit in Nashville with Media and New Song “Night Crawl”


Jo Dee Messina has teamed up with Beachbody and celebrity fitness trainer Autumn Calabrese to bring country music and exercise together for one exciting workout. Country Heat is scheduled to be released on July 28 and will feature “Night Crawl,” an original song written and performed by Jo Dee specifically for this program.

To celebrate the release of Country Heat, Jo Dee and Autumn will head out on a one-day media tour in Nashville, TN on Tuesday, July 26, bringing their friendship and variety of talents to radio stations across the country and local television. Included on the press tour are interviews with Wise Brothers radio stations (TBA) from 6:00am-8:00am CT; WSM Radio’s “Coffee, Country & Cody Radio Show” at 900am CT; “Talk of the Town” on Nashville’s Channel 5 at 11:00am CT; and Nash Nights Live with Shawn Parr at 2:00pm CT.

Jo Dee will also join Autumn at the kickoff for Beachbody’s annual summit, which will host approximately 30,000 fitness coaches, when she performs “Night Crawl” at Nissan Stadium in Nashville, TN the evening of July 28.

“Night Crawl” will be available for purchase on iTunes and other digital platforms beginning Tuesday, July 26.