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First sign of spring being celebrated in nation's capital

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Cherry blossom trees are in bloom near the Washington Monument in Washington on Saturday, March 27, 2010, the opening day of the 2010 National Cherry Blossom Festival. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin) By Jacquelyn Martin Cherry blossom trees are in bloom near the Washington Monument in Washington on Saturday, March 27, 2010, the opening day of the 2010 National Cherry Blossom Festival. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin) By Jacquelyn Martin
People walk along the tidal basin's blooming trees at the opening day of the National Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington, on Saturday, March 27, 2010. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin) By Jacquelyn Martin People walk along the tidal basin's blooming trees at the opening day of the National Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington, on Saturday, March 27, 2010. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin) By Jacquelyn Martin
Cherry blossom trees are in bloom at the tidal basin in Washington on Saturday, March 27, 2010, the opening day of the 2010 National Cherry Blossom Festival. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin) By Jacquelyn Martin Cherry blossom trees are in bloom at the tidal basin in Washington on Saturday, March 27, 2010, the opening day of the 2010 National Cherry Blossom Festival. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin) By Jacquelyn Martin
A couple lays under the blooming trees on the opening day of the National Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington, on Saturday, March 27, 2010. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin) By Jacquelyn Martin A couple lays under the blooming trees on the opening day of the National Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington, on Saturday, March 27, 2010. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin) By Jacquelyn Martin

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The National Cherry Blossom Festival is in full swing in the nation's capital.

 

The blooming period for the trees is expected to run from Sunday through April 9. National Park Service horticulturist Robert DeFeo has predicted the peak blooming period will be April 1 to April 4.

The festival parade is set for April 10, followed by a Japanese street festival.

 

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