2022 Petalpalooza – Information


201 Water Street SE
Washington DC


  • Petalpalooza takes place at the Capitol Riverfront at the Yards.
  • This is an outdoor event, dress in layers and be prepare for changes in the weather throughout the event.
  • There is no secure storage, please try to minimize the amount of belongings you bring to volunteer! 
  • Please wear dark or black pants and closed-toed shoes. As it will be a warmer day — you can wear shorts but still need to wear close-toed shoes for safety purposes.
  • If you have volunteered with NCBF in the past or this season, please arrive to site in your volunteer t-shirt. If this is your first event (yay! Thanks for volunteering with us!), volunteer shirts will be distributed at check-in.


Petalpalooza® is the finale signature event of the 2022 National Cherry Blossom Festival. Its purpose is to host an outdoor event that appeals to all ages, features live music and engaging art activities that celebrate spring, is unique to and within Washington, provides opportunities for NCBF sponsors to activate their brands to a live audience, and culminates with a fireworks display.


Saturday, April 16, 2022

*Rain Date: Sunday, April 17, 2022 (event time shortened to 5-9 PM)


1:00 PM – 9:00 PM

*Fireworks show at 8:30 PM – 8:45 PM

NOTE – volunteer times will vary. Please check your shift schedule.


Capitol Riverfront/The Yards

*Spread throughout neighborhood with primary programming area in Yards Park


Click Here for the Volunteer Orientation Presentation

Visit the Petalpalooza website page for additional information leading up to the event

2022 Parade – All Important Information

Volunteers Parade is quickly approaching. On Saturday, April 9th, we will be hosting the biggest event of the National Cherry Blossom Festival. Here are some quick reminders, as things can be very overwhelming: 

  • The National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade® is down Constitution Avenue between 7th and 17th ST NW!  
  • Street Parking there is NONE! Please note there are many street closures for our Parade, as well as other events going on the same day.  Please give yourself plenty of time to travel.
  • there are two volunteer check-in tents (East End and West End), make sure you check in at the correct one to prevent yourself from walking 10 blocks.
  • Please wear dark or black pants and closed-toed shoes.
  • Volunteer Shirts – if you have volunteered with us this year or in the past, you can reuse your Green Volunteer Shirt. If this is your first time volunteering, a long-sleeved shirts will be distributed at check-in.
  • We have ZERO storage space, keep that in mind as you prepare!

Masks: Masks are encouraged outside when you cannot social distance. Indoors, masks are required!


As always, if you are interested in volunteering, we still have a few spots available! Please sign up to volunteer here!

Check In Locations – There are two check in locations. You will receive an email with specific instructions on which location to check in at.

  • East End – roles that check in at East End include:
    • Assembly Logistics
    • Balloon Handlers
    • Banner Carriers
    • East End Ushers (*pay attention to the information in your reminder email)
    • Telecast Prop Coordination (*pay attention to the information in your reminder email)
    • Parade Merchandise
    • Talent Wranglers
  • West End
    • Dispersal Logistics
    • West End Ushers (*pay attention to the information in your reminder email)
    • West End Prop Coordination (*pay attention to the information in your reminder email)

Check out the Parade Presentation from Volunteer Orientation

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