Appealing Decision to Cancel Cherry Blossom Parade

By: BRETT ZONGKER - Associated Press Writer
By: BRETT ZONGKER - Associated Press Writer

Organizers of the National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade in Washington say they are appealing a decision to cancel the parade in the event of a government shutdown.

A federal budget official said Wednesday that if there is a government shutdown, the parade would be canceled.

Festival spokeswoman Danielle Piacente says the festival group is not ready to back down.

Thirteen marching bands are traveling to Washington for the parade, including bands from Ohio, Indiana, Georgia, Alabama and New York. Parade sponsorships also are sold to help fund the festival.

Piacente says one group is traveling from Japan for the parade. Some participants are already on their way.

The parade runs on Constitution Avenue, which is partly National Park Service jurisdiction. Part of the road is under local jurisdiction.

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