THE ANNUAL CHERRY BLOSSOM FESTIVAL
A D.C. Tradition Since 1948
THE 2021 CHERRY BLOSSOM PRINCESS
Gabrielle was born and raised in Great Neck, New York. She went to the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she double majored in International Studies and Political Science. She graduated in early December 2017 with her final semester in Washington, DC, interning at the White House Office of Public Liaison. In 2018, Gabrielle worked at the Republican National Committee and for the past two years, Gabrielle has worked in government affairs. This January, she started a Masters of International Affairs program at the George Washington University Elliott School, part time. Gabrielle lives in Washington, DC and enjoys watching Badger/Packer games at Hamiltons, playing on the DC Badger kickball team, and exploring DC neighborhoods and landmarks. She looks forward to representing the great state of Wisconsin in this year's program.
THE CHERRY BLOSSOM FESTIVAL
A Tradition Since 1948
The Cherry Blossom Princess Program is a cultural, educational, and professional development program for women leaders ages 19 to 24 held each year during one week of the National Cherry Blossom Festival© in Washington, DC. It is sponsored and managed by the National Conference of State Societies (NCSS), the non-profit, voluntary umbrella association for State and Territorial Societies in the National Capital Area.
Since 1948, State and Territorial Societies along with many Embassies and Consulates in Washington, DC, have enabled more than 3,000 young women leaders from across the United States and world to participate in this program and the celebration of the unique and enduring friendship between the United States and Japan. As Cherry Blossom Princesses, these young women represent their respective states, territories, and countries in both public and private events held each day across the Washington area and engage with leading government, business, arts, media leaders and role models.
At the conclusion of the week-long Cherry Blossom Princess Program, a new United States Cherry Blossom Queen is chosen at the Official Cherry Blossom Grand Ball and Sushi Reception by a random spin of a wheel of fortune from among the Princesses representing States and Territories. The following morning, the newly crowned United States Cherry Blossom Queen and her Japanese counterpart, along with the State, Territory, and International Princesses are invited to participate in the National Cherry Blossom Parade® and the Sakura Matsuri Japanese Street Festival.
(Pictured: Rachel Bohn, Wisconsin's 2016 Cherry Blossom Princess, was crowned the Queen of the Cherry Blossom Festival.)