What a beautiful day in the neighborhood. Hundreds of residents and visitors turned out Sunday afternoon for the city’s first-ever Cherry Blossom Festival held along a one-block area of Ventnor Avenue in the Parkway section in front of the Margate Community Church.

Reminiscent of the hippie days of the 1970s, people sat on blankets near the Bridal Path while others wearing their tie-dyed T-shirts and skirts danced to the music of the Grateful Dead tribute band, Dead Reckoning. The music portion of the event was sponsored by The Pet Salon.

Although the Kwansan cherry trees that line the Memorial Parkway were not in full bloom, like people coming out of hibernation, they were starting to show the signs of spring and the great summer season ahead. Read more from Downbeach.