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Local Performers Win Slots in National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade

More than 20 vocalists recently went head to head at the Arena Stage Mead Center for American Theater for a spot in the iconic National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade, where one soloist and one a cappella group rose above the competition.

The National Cherry Blossom Festival and a panel of industry judges selected Marissa “Randae” Harris, a teacher for special needs students at DC Preparatory Academy, and Sons of Pitch, George Washington University’s only all-male a cappella group, as the winners of the sixth annual “Sing into Spring” competition, which shines a spotlight on homegrown talent.

Marissa "Randae" Harris (Courtesy of Events DC)
Marissa “Randae” Harris (Courtesy of Events DC)

Randae and Sons of Pitch have secured a coveted spot to perform on Saturday, April 13 for thousands in the festival’s largest spectator event, the nationally televised National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade, presented by Events DC.

Competition judges included Rayshun LaMarr, a D.C.-area native and Duke Ellington School of the Arts graduate who gained popularity for his impressive blind audition on season 14 of NBC’s “The Voice,” Kidd O’Shea, entertainment reporter for WJLA-TV’s “Good Morning Washington,” and other music industry professionals.

“The DMV has some of the best talent in the country,” LaMarr said of the contestants. “I know firsthand how hard it can be to sing in front of a panel of judges, and these artists blew it out the water.”

LaMarr, Randae, and Sons of Pitch will perform among a standout lineup of celebrity entertainers, marching bands from across the country, energetic performers, giant colorful helium balloons, and elaborate floats in a magnificent musical showcase exclusively performed during the parade.

Grandstand seats for the parade, which begins at 10 a.m., offers reserved seating along Constitution Avenue NW between 15th and 17th streets. Standing along the parade route is free and open to the public.

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