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1. The Japanese cherry tree that makes the National Cherry Blossom Festival possible. The festival first started in 1934 to commemorate the mayor of Tokyo's gift of 3,000 sakuras to the city of Washington, D.C. The number of trees has since grown to over 6,000.

2. Japanese cherry tree.

For some reason, low-numbered license plates have become a status symbol in Rhode Island, to the point of a rash of illegal auctions taking place for these prestigious items.

1. A group, led by a captain, that organizes a parade during Carnival season.

2. Members of a carnival organization.

This is what 'water' sounds like when pronounced by a local Philadelphian.

A derogatory local nickname for Albany invoked by its more disenchanted residents.