It's a great spring weekend in the Washington area, with so much to do! Hope you've completed your taxes (since Monday is the deadline) - so you can enjoy some of these events:
Our own Loo Katz will be there to help you enjoy the National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade Saturday from 10 am to noon along Constitution Avenue - with entertainment from Elliott Yamin, Carmen Electra, Mya and Coco Jones. Then stop by the Sakura Matsuri Japanese Street Festival at 12th & Pennsylvainia NW from 10:30 am to 6 pm.
Also nearby, as part of the Festival, you can witness the Blessing of the Fleets Saturday at 1 pm at the U.S. Navy Memorial at 7th & Pennsylvania NW. Water from the seven seas and the Great Lakes will be poured into the fountains. After the ceremony, enjoy music and Navy bean soup all afternoon.
The Cherry Blossom Festival ends Sunday with events including a Tea Ceremony in the garden of the Evermay Estate in Georgetown. But camera workshops continue through the end of the month - and you can enjoy the Kimono Exhibit at the Mandarin Oriental through April 25.
Want more Asian cuisine? Thai restaurants in DC, Maryland and Virginia are celebrating Songkran, the Thai New Year, through Wednesday with special deals.
Saturday is Thomas Jefferson's 270th birthday. Rangers will be at the Jefferson Memorial in colonial-era clothing from 1 to 3:30 pm - and you can sign a birthday card with a quill pen.
Presidential scholars will also want to check out the new JFK exhibits that opened Friday at the Newseum.
The DC Design House opens Saturday on Foxhall Road, with proceeds to benefit the Children's National Medical Center.
More than 20 arts groups in Prince William County are getting together to entertain you at a free festival Saturday from noon to 8 pm at the Hylton Performing Arts Center in Manassas.
And we're just days away from another parade downtown. The DC Emancipation Day Parade is Tuesday from 11 am to 2 pm along Pennsylvania Avenue - with fireworks at 8:30. Learn more about the celebrations and commemorations marking the 1862 law that freed slaves in the District of Columbia (eight months before the Emancipation Proclamation).
Now, about those taxes. Here's the form you use to tell the IRS you need a little more time.