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The signature event of the Cherry Blossom Festival, the parade runs for 10 blocks along Constitution Avenue, featuring giant colorful balloons, elaborate floats, marching bands and performers in a "spectacle of music and showmanship. (Image: Amanda Andrade-Rhoades/ DC Refined)
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Weekend Report: 9 can't-miss events to spice up your weekend plans

Friday, April 13

CHIKO After Dark: Join Guest Chef Edward Lee (owner of Magnolia, MilkWood and Whiskey Dry in Louisville) as he cooks alongside hosts Scott Drewno and Danny Lee to create a special late-night menu from 9:30-midnight. All dishes are $8 and tickets are not needed for this event.

Love Canon at Pearl Street Warehouse: Get groovy with Charlottesville's Love Canon, a band known for their funky bluegrass twist on 80's music. Doors open at 7, show begins at 8:15 p.m.

Saturday, April 14

Cherry Blossom Parade: The signature event of the Cherry Blossom Festival, the parade runs for 10 blocks along Constitution Avenue, featuring giant colorful balloons, elaborate floats, marching bands and performers in a "spectacle of music and showmanship." Carla Hall from The Chew is the 2018 parade Grand Marshal and celebrity performers will include Silentó, Arrested Development, Ty Herndon, contestants from The Voice, Extreme pogo stunt team XPOGO and more. The parade will run on Constitution Avenue from 7 to 17th Streets NW beginning at 10 a.m.

Backyard Yoga at Calico: Take advantage of the nice weather as this urban backyard is hosting a morning yoga session on their outdoor patio at 10:00am. The hour-long class will be led by a local instructor and followed by an hour-long reception with drinks (choice of rose or prosecco) and light fare including fresh fruit and quiche. Tickets are $40, and includes the yoga session, two drinks and small bites. Yogis can reserve a spot by emailing Bernie@calicodc.com. Guests must bring their own mats for the session.

Sound Health Second Saturdays: Every second Saturday of the month, local arts organizations offer two 45-minute free workshops designed for families with children under eight. This Saturday, join Angelyn Shapiro of New Beginnings Yoga for Tots & Tykes yoga class, introducing body awareness, coordinated movement, and spatial relations to little ones using songs, rhymes, and games. Children learn basic poses and simple breathing techniques through creative play. Workshops are at 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. in the Kennedy Center Grand Foyer.

White House Spring Garden Tour: This Saturday (and Sunday) visitors can tour the Jacqueline Kennedy Garden, Rose Garden, White House Kitchen Garden and South Lawn of the White House. Free tickets will be given out at a National Park Service tent located near the corner of Constitution Avenue and 15th Street NW beginning at 8:30 a.m. on each tour day. Tickets are first-come first-served (limit one per person), and are a very popular ticket, so get there early.

D.C. Comedy Festival: Let's laugh together as D.C.'s local comedians host the final two days of performances meant to introduce you to up-and-coming names as well as big acts. The headliner for the festival, Reese Waters, is a PG County native and will perform at 9 p.m. at Brass Monkey this Saturday. He has been seen on MTV, Good Morning America and ESPN and was named one of New York's "Ten Comedians To Watch" in 2009 by New York Magazine. Tickets are $12.50.

Sunday, April 15

Cirque du Soleil's LUZIA: We all know Cirque du Soleil is amazing, but their show at Tyson's Corner is downright magical. LUZIA, a play on the Spanish words for light (luz) and rain (lluvia), explores a dreamy version of Mexico. The production is completely lush, featuring bright costumes, ambitious acts and great music. However, the acts that featured water will keep you talking for days. Get a sneak peek here. Performances run until June 17.

NSO In Your Neighborhood Day at the Zoo: The Smithsonian’s National Zoo will host members of the National Symphony Orchestra for free animal-themed musical performances at 1 and 3 p.m. in the Zoo's Visitor Center auditorium, followed by Musical Instrument “Petting Zoos” at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.

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