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Shutdown won't stop Cherry Blossom parade in DC
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WASHINGTON (AP) — Organizers of the National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade say their event will go on regardless of a potential government shutdown.

Spokeswoman Danielle Piacente said Friday that if there is a government shutdown, the parade route on Constitution Avenue will be shortened.

Part of the road is under National Park Service jurisdiction. So if there's a 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.

Festival organizers have been determined not to cancel the parade. Some participants are traveling from as far away as Japan. Also, 13 marching bands are scheduled to participate, including bands from Ohio, Indiana, Georgia, Alabama and New York.