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Government shutdown won't halt DC's Cherry Blossom paradeComments
By Laura Bly, USA TODAY
The National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade will go on as scheduled Saturday, even if last-minute budget negotiations fail and the federal government shuts down at midnight.
Parade spokeswoman Danielle Piacente told the Associated Press that since part of the original parade route on Constitution Avenue is under National Park juridiction, if there is a government shutdown, the parade will run Saturday morning on Constitution from 7th Street to 14th Street to avoid crossing into Park Service territory. Piacente says D.C. police would provide extra support if U.S. Park Police aren't available.