2015 Rhode Island Cherry Blossom Princess Crowned

Alexandra Curtis, who has lived in East Greenwich and West Warwick, has been crowned 2015 Rhode Island Cherry Blossom Princess.

She was crowned by Governor Gina Raimondo (D-RI) on Friday morning in a ceremony at the State House. Attorney General Peter Kilmartin (D-RI) and Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea (D-RI) participated, along with State Representative Anthony Giarrusso (R-RI). State Senator Mark Gee (R-RI) participated in a reception Friday evening at the Blackstone Valley Tourism Center in Pawtucket. Alexandra is proud to succeed 2014 Rhode Island Cherry Blossom Princess Kim Kalunian, a well-known local radio journalist.

The Rhode Island Cherry Blossom Festival is sponsored by the Blackstone Valley Tourism Council, and coincides with the National Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington, DC which will take place this year from April 5 through 12 in the nation’s capital. The State Society of  Rhode Island in Washington, DC, and the Pawtucket Foundation are helping coordinate the activities. Allie will represent Rhode Island in DC. 

The Cherry Blossom Festival was inspired by the government of Japan, which donated 3,000 cherry trees planted in Washington, DC. Pawtucket now has a line of cherry trees, along Roosevelt Avenue to Central Falls. Tsutomu Himeno, Consul General of Japan, also participated in the State House ceremony Friday.

Alexandra is a 2014 graduate of Syracuse University where she served as President of the Student Association. In June she will begin graduate studies for a Master of Public Affairs at Brown University. The Cherry Blossom Princess events underscore the promotion of young women in leadership roles. To that end, Allie has interned in two Congressional offices, for Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) and Rep. Jim Langevin (D-RI).

Her parents are ABC6 Chief Political Reporter Mark Curtis and his wife Kathi.