Cherry Blossom weekend recap

March 16, 2013 

The first weekend of the Cherry Blossom Festival is in the books. Take a look back at some of the signature events in a collection of photo galleries and videos.

SATURDAY

For Saturday afternoon entertainment, it’s hard to beat watching an Air Force general sprint down the middle of Cherry Street in hot-pink high-heel boots.

That’s what a record crowd estimated at more than 3,000 witnessed during the first full day of the Cherry Blossom Festival.

The Cherry Street events began with the annual bed race, which the Macon-Bibb County Fire Department won in impressive fashion.

That was shortly followed by the high-heel race, in which men, women and children ran a city block in high-heel shoes to raise money for breast cancer research.

One of those participants was Brig. Gen. Cedric George, commander of the Warner Robins Air Logistics Complex. He smoked retired Maj. Gen. Robert McMahon, his predecessor and now president of the 21st Century Partnership. McMahon raised $8,500 by challenging base officials and supporters to either run in the race or donate $100 to get out of it.

It’s not easy finding a pair of women’s boots to fit a man’s size 13 feet, but you don’t become a general without a can-do spirit. George even had the Robins Air Force Base emblem put on the side of the boots.

He claimed he hadn’t practiced in them but his wife leaned in and said he was running around the house in them that morning.

“It was a lot of fun and a good way to help the community,” George said.

OTHER SATURDAY HIGHLIGHTS

-- For a collection of photos from Saturday events, including pink pancakes, the bed race, the high heel race and Tunes and Balloons, click here.

-- Were you Spotted@ Tunes and Balloons? Click here to find out.

-- Watch the "Wild and Wacky" and "Fast and Furious" compete in the 2013 Cherry Blossom Road Race in a video by Liz Fabian. Click here to watch.

-- The Macon-Bibb County firefighters serve pink pancakes each Saturday morning at Central City Park during the Cherry Blossom Festival. Proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society. Video by Liz Fabian. Click here to watch.

SUNDAY

Sunday’s Cherry Blossom Festival parade was probably the greenest pink celebration ever.

Falling on St. Patrick’s Day, the spectators were donned in equal parts green and pink.

“The parade has always been around St. Patrick’s Day, but I don’t remember if it was ever on the day,” said Charlene Churchwell, who attended the parade with her husband, Donnie Wayne, and grandchildren Belle, 5, Emory, 10, and Packy, 6.

The family was all decked out in green shirts, hats and beads.

“I think the green has it today,” Churchwell said.

For a collection of photos from the parade, click here.

Miss any FRIDAY events? Catch up here:

For a collection of photos from Friday events, click here.

Take a look back at the Cherry Blossom Festival Gala in our Spotted@ gallery.

Return to macon.com for more photo galleries and videos.

 

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