Skip to comments.Cherry Blossom parade might be nixed if there's a shutdown
Posted on 04/06/2011 10:48:43 AM PDT by Sub-Driver
Cherry Blossom parade might be nixed if there's a shutdown By Michael O'Brien - 04/06/11 12:38 PM ET
The National Cherry Blossom Parade may not take place if there is a government shutdown, the Obama administration cautioned Wednesday.
Among the government operations and services that could be closed would be national parks, which includes the site of Saturday's parade in Washington, D.C.
A senior administration official singled out the parade during a conference call Wednesday morning hosted by the Office of Management and Budget.
Federal agencies have sought to identify which employees and services would be furloughed if lawmakers can't reach an agreement to fund the government before Friday's deadline.
The National Cherry Blossom Festival is an annual two-week springtime festival coordinated with the peak blossom season for D.C.'s many cherry blossom trees. It is a large draw for tourists.
The National Park Service estimates that the festival, which has drawn around 150,000 people in past years, creates at least $126 million for the D.C.-area economy, according to a report in The Fiscal Times.
Will Moochelle’s next vacation be cancelled if there’s a government shutdown? If so, I say go for the shutdown. Incidentally, I was just recently in the DC area and the blossoms have been out for a couple weeks. Out early this year.
Eh - with the storms the other day, there are few blossoms left.
It does kinda suck for timing. There are a ton of tourists in town and soon they’ll have nothing to do.
I expect the Spy Museum will be packed.
How will the nation survive without the Cherry Blossom Parade? I had to check to see if this was a parody, but the msm IS a parody.
And it starts!
Ding, ding, ding, ding, ding... plus homelessness!
Shut it down!
The trees will still bloom and idiot tourists will still jay-walk across Constitution Ave in rush hour traffic just to gawk at the pink tree. Shutting down the parade won’t affect the tourism boom associated with the cherry blossoms.
Oh, my. What will we do? What will we do?
My wife and I visited DC for the Cherry Blossom festival in 2009. It was my first trip to DC. Other than seeing Arlington I don’t care if I never set foot in DC again for the rest of my life.
“...The National Cherry Blossom Parade may not take place if there is a government shutdown, the Obama administration cautioned Wednesday...”
I’m glad Barry is all over this pressing Cherry Blossom issue with his caution. Thank goodness for such leadership during such a major Cherry Blossom crisis. This is a parade afterall, with ya know, Cherry Blossoms. How will America EVER survive if a crucial Cherry Blossom Parade doesn’t happen??? Call your the White House switchboard! Call your Senator! Call your horticulturist! OH THE HUMANITY!!!!
No cherry blossom parade
oh, the humanity, the humanity
The potential shutdown is the MSM’s new Japan nuclear meltdown,AIDS crisis and Gorebull warming all wrapped up in one handy meme.
Who cares!? Mt Vernon will be open for anybody who wants true American history. Not that revisionist BS but the real thing! Mt Vernon gets NO federal funding and is open 365 days.
The cherry blossoms will go on strike?
I always thought that the Cherry Blossom Festival was sponsored by the District.
Well cool. We’ve found something else to cut. DC can pick up the tab if they want it so bad.
Wimmyn and minorities hit hardest... story at 8.
Already in play.
“I always thought that the Cherry Blossom Festival was sponsored by the District.”
It is, but the two are intertwined. DC government has already announced that if the feds shut down, there will be no DC trash pickup, DMV services, libraries, etc.
For those of us who live in the area, this is a big deal, even if we aren’t federal employees. The local impact has the potential to be great. Not that I don’t support the cause, but we aren’t able to be quite as cavalier about it as some of you when it affects our private businesses and livelihoods.
I don’t care at all.
obastard is out there mouthing off about parks being closed, having to change vacation plans, uncertainty.... who the hell cares? I don’t. You can’t get much more uncertainty than he has created.
This is the problem with this country, and with government having its nose in everyone’s business—a city can’t even hold an annual event that should otherwise be enjoyable (if that’s your taste). Rather than a private group or groups running the festival and generating income they can re-invest into future years, they’re dependent on Uncle Sam for funding. For all we know, the event itself doesn’t generate the 126 million—the “proceeds” come from government handouts.
Obama can every one of those cherry trees and put them where the sun don’t shine. Who gives a s—t? I only wish we could shut down the White House.
Grandma starved yesterday. Try to keep up.
Will the Wed. night concerts at the WH end?
Maryland “Freak State” PING!