MGM National Harbor to Sponsor the 2016 National Cherry Blossom Festival

New Resort Casino will Celebrate Spring as a Parade Float Sponsor, Featuring R&B Artist
Raheem DeVaughn 

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md., (March 31, 2016) – MGM National Harbor, the luxury resort casino opening later this year in Prince George’s County, Maryland, will celebrate spring as a parade float sponsor at the 2016 National Cherry Blossom Festival. The annual National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade will take place on Saturday, April 16 from 10 a.m. to Noon in downtown Washington, D.C.
As one of the Capital Region’s largest spectator events, the National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade features giant, colorful helium balloons, elaborate floats, marching bands from across the country, celebrity entertainers, and other performers. The parade, which attracted more than 160,000 spectators from around the world in 2015, runs 10 blocks along Constitution Avenue, from the National Archives to the Washington Monument.
“We are proud to partner with the National Cherry Blossom Festival to celebrate an historic and beloved tradition in Washington, D.C. As a member of this community, we are committed to recognizing and supporting the very best of what our diverse region has to offer,” said Lorenzo Creighton, President and Chief Operating Officer for MGM National Harbor.
The MGM National Harbor parade float will feature R&B artist Raheem DeVaughn. The Grammy-nominated singer and songwriter will sing his hit song “Queen” to entertain parade goers. He will be joined by employee volunteers from MGM National Harbor marching in full force along the parade route. The parade will be broadcast locally and syndicated nationally.
Creighton added, “Our company is known for providing world-class entertainment and generating excitement on a grand scale. This parade float sponsorship allows us to give a little taste of what’s to come at our new resort when it opens later this year.”
The National Cherry Blossom Festival also is an acknowledgement of the long-standing ties between the United States and Japan, which first gifted the trees more than 100 years ago. Annually, the city and the region celebrate springtime and welcome more than a million people to the area. Now through April 17, visitors to the Tidal Basin can enjoy the pink and white cherry blossom trees and participate in festival activities ranging from live musical performances and kite flying to fireworks and a Japanese street festival.

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Suzette Meade
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Alicia Malone
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About MGM National Harbor 
The newest addition to the MGM Resorts International (NYSE:MGM) portfolio, MGM National Harbor has an unrivaled setting offering stunning panoramic views of the eastern shore of the Potomac River in Maryland. The $1.4 billion LEED® Gold Certified resort, which opened December 8, 2016, sits a short distance from Washington, D.C. to the north and historic sites, including George Washington's Mount Vernon estate across the river in Virginia. The 24-story, 308-room resort features premier amenities and experiences for locals as well as visitors from around the world including a dynamic casino with over 125,000 square feet of space that includes slots, table games and poker; a world-class spa and salon; an entertainment theater with flexible seating for up to 3,000; high-end branded retail; 50,000 square feet of meeting space; and restaurants from renowned local, national and international chefs. For more information and reservations, visit
MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM) is one of the world's leading global hospitality companies, operating a portfolio of destination resort brands including Bellagio, MGM Grand, Mandalay Bay and The Mirage. The Company is in the process of developing MGM National Harbor in Maryland and MGM Springfield in Massachusetts. The Company also owns 51 percent of MGM China Holdings Limited, which owns the MGM Macau resort and casino and is developing a gaming resort in Cotai, and 50 percent of CityCenter in Las Vegas, which features ARIA Resort and Casino.  MGM Resorts is a FORTUNE Magazine World’s Most Admired Company. For more information about MGM Resorts International, visit the Company's website at
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