Yes indeed, there will be a Sakura festival in the East Coast too ^_^ Check out the site:
I went last year, and it was just amazing! Everything was just SO gorgeous and there are so many good spots for pictures o_O!!
Their schedule is still tentative, and luckily, falls during my Spring Break (April 11-27)
So, I was talking to a couple of friends and we thought if we could go during a regular day, it'd be perfect to take pictures since during the weekend, it's just so crowded, it's IMPOSSIBLE to park also x_x I had to park more than 4 blocks away last year...
So yeah... I'm thinking this is a good place for us East-Coasters cosplayers to get together and have a photo-shoot ^_^