NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) – The 11thannual Cherry Blossom Festival was held at Public Square Park on Saturday.

The festival celebrates spring and the Japanese culture and includes a cherry blossom walk.

Many of the cherry trees were donated to the city by the Japanese government as a sign of Japan’s special relationship with Nashville.

Thousands attended this year’s event despite the gloomy weather.

Leading up to the event was the removal of some of the cherry trees downtown to make way for the giant NFL Draft stage.

“A lot of people who didn’t know about the festival know about it now, but we are all about the cherry trees. That’s how we got started with the planting of the trees in the park in 2009,” said festival director Ginger Byrn.

Ten of the trees were removed from the riverfront area to make room for the stage.

As part of the festival, Nissan donated $40,000.

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