Macon Georgia’s International Cherry Blossom Festival is recognized as an international event because we were founded on the principals of “Love, Beauty and International Friendship”. For years, the festival has recognized international countries each year. Since the trees we celebrate are Japanese, Japan is a legacy nation in our international program.
The featured nations during the 2021 Cherry Blossom Festival are Japan, Taiwan and Mexico.
Delegations from each nation will be represented during our opening ceremonies as well as the parade and the Lantern Lighting event, which signifies peace and camaraderie and takes place before our parade every year. Wesleyan students sing each countries national anthem before lighting the lantern.
During the parade, the countries decorate floats and wear costumes that represent their heritage and culture. International relations are tremendously important to the Cherry Blossom Festival and are the only way that our International program has flourished. The festival’s CEO is continuously meeting with Consul Generals and representatives from many nations to generate goodwill between our organization and their nation.
CHERRY BLOSSOM CAPITAL OF THE WORLD
Despite its humble beginnings, the festival has become one of the Top 20 Events in the South, Top 50 Events in the U.S., and Top 100 Events in North America. It has grown from a 3-day festival with 30 events to a month-long celebration featuring hundreds of events planned to entertain all ages and backgrounds.
The Yoshino cherry trees’ numbers keep growing as the Fickling Family Foundation continues to donate thousands of cherry trees to Macon-Bibb residents each year. Their generosity helps keep Macon’s beauty alive as well as its distinctive title as the Cherry Blossom Capital of the World secure.