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The National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade draws about 100,000 spectators from around the world, combining decorated floats, gigantic colorful helium balloons, marching bands, clowns, horses, antique cars, military and celebrity performances. ABC’s Katie Couric co-hosts the parade with special correspondent Alex Trebek of Jeopardy and ABC7’s Alison Starling and Leon Harris. Performers include singer-songwriter Javier Colon, 2011 winner of The Voice. Siobhan Magnus, American Idol finalist, sings a rendition of “Are You Ready for a Miracle?” Honorary marshals include singer and actress Marie Osmond and Olympians Kristi Yamaguchi and Benita Fitzgerald Mosley. This year, the performance area expands across the steps of the National Archives, when over 1,500 youth from around the country perform as part of the Youth Choir and All-Star Tap Team. It goes from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on April 14, rain or shine. The parade passes many attractions, National Archives, the Department of Justice, Smithsonian Museums, the Washington Monument and the White House. The parade is free and open to the public. For $20 you may purchase a reserved grandstand seat. www.ticketmaster.com/event/1500475CC4DF5AA1?artistid=847061&majorcatid=10003&minorcatid=54