PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — They have a look like no other. Cherry trees bloom throughout the region. Thousands of people will admire the pretty petals during the annual Cherry Blossom Festival in Philadelphia.
The cherry blossom forecast this year predicts seasonal temperatures and a rise to full bloom by this weekend. Followed by snow – cherry snow known as Sakurafubuki.
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Fairmount Park’s first cherry trees were gifts from Japan in 1926. Since then, hundreds more have been planted, creating a feeling of bloom each spring.
After being canceled for two years due to the pandemic, the annual Shofuso Cherry Blossom Festival is back.
“We are looking for a beautiful cherry blossom season this year. We got cold, as you know, but a lot of them hung on, so there’s a lot of cherries here. This is the first time we have held a festival since 2019 and we have changed it. It’s not a day and there are no more tickets. It’s three days of concerts and food vendors and it’s free. There is no charge,” said Kim Andrews, executive director of the Japan America Society of Greater Philadelphia.
The festival starts on Friday and ends on Sunday.
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A concert stage will be set up at the end of an alley lined with cherry trees. Free shows will take place every night and this year’s performers will mix traditional and contemporary music with hip-hop, reggae, Japanese drummers and dancers.
The trees will flower until the end of April. After flowering, the season ends with a cherry-like snowstorm.
“We can also enjoy Sakadofuki, which is when the petals start falling and look like snow swirling around you and landing on the ground,” Andrews said.
Sakurafubuki’s English translation is “cherry wind snow”, but I don’t think anyone will care about that kind of snow.
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The festival is free and there is free street parking. Hours of operation are 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.