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 2019 Cherry Blossom Festival are Japan, the Republic of China (Taiwan), Italy, Mexico, and India. Delegations from each nation will represented during our opening ceremonies as well as the parade and the Lantern Lighting event, which signifies peace and comradery 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 Consuls Generals and representatives from many nations to generate goodwill between our organization and their nation.