National Cherry Blossom Festival Wins 14 Industry Pinnacle Awards

The National Cherry Blossom Festival is thrilled to have won 14 coveted Pinnacle Awards from the International Festivals and Events Association (IFEA). Each year, IFEA recognizes outstanding accomplishments and top quality creative, promotional, operational and community outreach programs and materials produced by festivals and events around the world. The Festival came in first place (Gold) in five categories, and second place (Silver) in the esteemed Grand Pinnacle Award category, considered a top industry honor.  

This year, the Festival won:

SILVER: Grand Pinnacle

GOLD: Best Event Within an Existing Festival – Blossom Kite Festival

GOLD: Best Media Relations Campaign

GOLD: Best Sponsor Partner – All Nippon Airways

GOLD: Best Sponsorship Program for an Individual Sponsor –Paws & Petals, Mars Petcare

GOLD: Best New Promotion Activity – FestivALE

SILVER: Best Full Length Local TV Program – National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade?

SILVER: Best Single New Sponsorship Opportunity – Opening Ceremony Audience Engagement, Japan National Tourism Organization

SILVER: Best Commemorative Poster by Maggie O’Neill

SILVER: Best Volunteer Program

SILVER: Best Overall Merchandising Program

SILVER: Best Pin

BRONZE: Best Parade

BRONZE: Best On-Site Décor – Pink Tie Party

The 2018 Festival brought 1.5 million people from across the world together to celebrate spring in Washington, DC and honor the 106th anniversary of the gift of trees from Japan with outstanding programming spanning four signature weekends.