The peak this year (defined as when 70% of the blooms are out) is March 24-31, according to Rob DeFeo, chief horticulturalist. This is a bit earlier than the average peak bloom (April 4th), perhaps due to the unseasonably warm weather we've been having this "winter."
The season will be kicked off with the Pink Tie Party, with Penn Quarter mainstay Chef Jose Andres at the helm. Lots of Penn Quarter restaurants will also be in attendance.
The parade will close the season on April 14th, and will be hosted by Katie Couric, with Alex Trebek (in town for a Jeopardy! filming) as a "special correspondent." Headline performers are Sara Bareilles and Japanese R&B singer Misia.