National Cherry Blossom Festival Welcomes Four-Legged Citizens

This year, Washington DC’s pooches will be able to join the “nation’s greatest springtime celebration” and enjoy some pawesome perks while they’re at it.


It’s been decades since the first National Cherry Blossom festival took place, but the city’s floral-inspired tradition is still going strong: Washington’s residents gather every year to admire the fragrant and romantic cherry blossoms that announce the start of spring. This season, Mars Petcare is partnering with the event organizers to ensure that the four-legged companions of the visitors will have a great time, too.


Dogs who attend the events throughout the festival will feel more than welcome, as everything they might need will be covered. In addition to multiple water stations for thirsty pups and shade spots where they’ll be able to take cover from the sun, the city’s pooches will be getting treats from the organizers. In addition, pet parents will get waste bags at the festival, to ensure they’ll scoop their pooch’s poop (wouldn’t want any stinkiness to spoil the lovely scent of cherry blossoms), as well as some nifty tips and advice on responsible pet parenting. In other words, National Cherry Blossom festival is fully pet-ready this year!


The support for the furry visitors is part of Mars Petcare’s initiative called Better Cities for Pets. This program advocates for our four-legged companions, ensuring that they feel welcome and loved in any place of the city they live in. The people behind the movement are partnering with businesses, non-profits, and government to create more pet-friendly spaces and raise awareness about pet welfare. This includes improved animal shelters, education on responsible ownership, increasing park space for pets, and encouraging more business to become pet-friendly. Making the National Cherry Blossom festival pet-ready is just the latest of initiative’s many endeavors!


Each spring, this flower-powered event sees over a million visitors. In case you’re in the Washington DC area this March through April, make sure to take your canine best friend with you for some paw-tastic fun!

Angela Vuckovic
Angela Vuckovic

A proud mama to seven dogs and ten cats, Angela spends her days writing for her fellow pet parents and pampering her furballs, all of whom are rescues. When she's not gushing over her adorable cats or playing with her dogs, she can be found curled up with a good fantasy book.

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