6:00pm – 2:00am
Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown Hotel
999 9th Street NW, Washington DC
Capping the week of activities is the coronation of the 2014 U.S. Cherry Blossom Queen at the Official Cherry Blossom Grand Ball. Guests at this elegant black tie affair enjoy complimentary Sapporo Beer and Mu Sake, while sampling sushi specially created by the master Sushi Chefs of Japan.
After dinner comes the Grand March and formal introduction of the Princess Class of 2014, in preparation for the much anticipated coronation. With a fateful spin, the Wheel of Fortune selects the princess who will serve as U.S. Cherry Blossom Queen during the 66th Anniversary year. For a few moments she wears the priceless ceremonial Mikimoto Crown, a Japanese work of art. Then, as keepsake gifts from Mikimoto Co., Ltd., she receives a smaller crown and a strand of Mikimoto pearls.
At the close of the gala evening, guests dance to live music—the sounds of Big Band Caliente—followed by a DJ playing top hits for the After Party.