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      2. 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.

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