The Story of the Cherry Blossom Princesses
Each year the Cherry Blossom Princess program offers cultural, educational, and professional development opportunities for young women leaders, ages 19 through 24, from across the United States and around the world. It takes place each year during the National Cherry Blossom Festival© in Washington, DC and is proudly managed by the National Conference of State Societies. In 2022, the Cherry Blossom Princess Program will be April 3 - April 9, 2022 and applications are now available.
Young women leaders are selected by a State/Territorial Society or International Embassy to be Cherry Blossom Princesses based on their leadership and academic achievements along with their interest in social, civic, community, and world affairs.
As a Cherry Blossom Princess, you will represent your respective state, territory or country in both public and private events held each day across the Washington, DC area and engage with top government, business, arts, and media leaders.
All candidates for selection as a 2022 Cherry Blossom Princess must meet the following minimum requirements. Additional requirements may also be added by State and Territory Societies – please contact them for further information (Links to all the State/Territory Societies can be found at https://www.statesocieties.org/state)
Citizenship/Residency – Must be a U.S. citizen and meet at least one of the following criteria (does not apply to international princesses):
Each Participant must be in Washington, DC, by April 3, 2022 to attend Orientation at the Headquarters Hotel. You will receive a full and detailed Schedule of Events and the required dress for each event prior to the Festival. You should plan to be available for program activities until 4:00 pm on April 9, 2022. Most days are from 8:30am - 5pm, however there are a few evening events that will go until 9:00pm. Participation is expected for the entire week.
A note on COVID-19:
Due to the pandemic the program was cancelled in 2020. We did hold our program in June 2021 although and events were virtual and we did not have any evening events except the Grand Ball. At this point we are moving forward with our program as usual for 2022, however, if we will follow all government issues protocols should restrictions arise in 2022.
If you are interested in applying to participate in the 2022 Cherry Blossom Princess Program please click the link below.