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Cherry blossoms to bloom early in D.C.

Warm weather last weekend is going to bring Washington's famous cherry blossoms a few days early.

The National Park Service revised its prediction for blooming dates Monday. Chief horticulturist Robert DeFeo is now predicting the peak blooming will be Thursday through next SundayApril 1 to April 4. Earlier he predicted most trees would be in bloom April to April 8. The trees will likely continue blooming through April 9.

The 2010 National Cherry Blossom Festival will be marked by a fireworks display at 8:30 p.m. April 3 preceded by a three-hour family festival along the Southwest Waterfront. The annual National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade kicks off at 10 a.m. April 10 ($17 grandstand seating, ticketmaster.com), followed by Sakura Matsuri, a Japanese street fair. This year marks the 98th anniversary of Japan's gift of the cherry blossom trees to the nation's capital.

Details at nationalcherryblossomfestival.org.

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