A panoply of pink and white: D.C.’s National Cherry Blossom Festival [SLIDESHOW]

Caitlin Emma Contributor
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It’s that time of year again!

Tourists flock to Washington with cameras ready and people linger over lunch breaks as the city explodes with pink and white blossoms. The National Cherry Blossom Festival kicked off Saturday and runs through April 10, commemorating the 1912 gift of 3,000 cherry trees from Mayor Yukio Ozaki of Tokyo to the city of Washington.

This year’s festival began with a tribute to Japan, the country responsible for the magic that blooms across the district every spring. The victims of the earthquake and tsunami remained in the thoughts of festival attendees who participated in a “Stand for Japan” solidarity march.

Those interested in attending the festival can visit the National Cherry Blossom Festival’s website, download the Washington Examiner’s official guide or download the festival app for Android and iPhones.

TheDC commemorates the approaching spring with a plethora of pretty pink pictures and portraits of D.C.’s famous monuments set against a sea of blossoms.