This is a nice series, Dan. My picks are the second and third with the third getting a slight nod over the second. I've always wanted to visit around that time of year but I'm not a fan of huge crowds. Thanks for sharing.
Thanks for the comments, Scottie! I'm not a huge fan of crowds either, but it's a necessary "evil" to shoot events like this. The crowds got progressively worse during the day since it was the weekend following the announcement that the cherry blossoms had reached their peak earlier in the week. By the time I left to go home at around 2pm, I had to work to get through the people. The only time I've seen it worse was the last time I came down for the concerts and fireworks on July 4th several year's ago.