Hello Society Members & Friends,
We are excited to celebrate the best of Washington, DC with the Cherry Blossom Festival. The Illinois State Society, in conjunction with the National Conference of State Societies, participates in the NCSS Cherry Blossom Princess events that comprise the Cherry Blossom Festival every year.
Please meet our 2017 Illinois Cherry Blossom Princess, Isha Jog!
“Isha Jog is a native of Schaumburg, Illinois and a senior at Loyola University Chicago majoring in Advertising and Public Relations and minoring in Marketing and Management. She is a member of the Alpha Kappa Psi Business Fraternity, an Ambassador for the Children’s Miracle Network, and a spokesmodel for Feed My Starving Children. She is the daughter of Nitin and Gauri Jog.”
We have listed the Cherry Blossom Princess events below. These are not Illinois State Society events, so tickets must be purchased through the Cherry Blossom Festival. Without further ado, here are the events that will be held to support the Cherry Blossom Princess program:
1. Lantern Lighting: Sunday, April 2, 2:30 PM to 4:30 PM at the Tidal Basin in Washington, DC. No ticket or reservation is required for this event. It is free event held on the Tidal Basin in Washington, DC. Seating will open at 2:30 PM and the program will begin at 3:00 PM. This event will be the first public introduction of the 2017 Class of Cherry Blossom Princesses and include remarks from top U.S. and Japanese officials along with musical performances. For more information about this event, please visit the NCSS Calendar at https://bit.ly/ncsscalendar
2. Celebration of States and Territories: Monday, April 3, 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM in the Piedmont Room at the Clyde’s at Gallery Place in Washington, DC. Tickets are required and are on sale now — $50 Adult (13+) / $25 Youth (12 and under) and can be purchased at: http://bit.ly/ncss2017celebration. Space is limited so please purchase your tickets today!
3. Congressional Reception: Wednesday, April 5, 6 PM to 8:30 PM at the United States Botanic Garden in Washington, DC. Reservations are required for all attendees and space is very limited so please make your reservations ASAP. Reservations can be made at: http://bit.ly/ncsscongress2017
4. Official Cherry Blossom Grand Ball: Friday, April 7, 6:30 PM to 12 AM at the Crystal Gateway Marriott Hotel in Arlington, VA. Tickets are required and are on sale now — $200 Adult (13+) / $100 Youth (12 and under) and both individual tickets <AND> tables can be purchased online using this link: http://bit.ly/ncssball2017
5. National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade: Saturday, April 8, 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM on Constitution Avenue – from 7th to 17th St NW – in Washington, DC. The 2017 Cherry Blossom Queens and Princesses will be featured on three floats in the National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade® presented by Events DC. The parade route runs along 10 blocks along Constitution Avenue and features floats, marching bands, celebrities, balloons, and performers from across the country. Spectators can view the parade for free along the parade route or purchase grandstand tickets. For more information about this event, please visit the NCSS Calendar at https://bit.ly/ncsscalendar
6. Sakura Matsuri Street Festival: Saturday, April 8, from 10:30 AM to 6:30 PM at The Yards/Capitol Riverfront. You are invited to visit the National Conference of State Societies (NCSS) Booth at the annual Sakura Matsuri Street Festival where you can learn more about the NCSS and meet the 2017 Cherry Blossom Queens and Princesses. The Cherry Blossom Queens and Princesses will also be making an appearance at 2:00 PM on one of the performing stages. For more information about this event, please visit the NCSS Calendar at https://bit.ly/ncsscalendar
We are looking forward to Spring and these festivities.
Terry T. Campo
Illinois State Society