The Hello Kitty model is marking its twentieth anniversary crisscrossing the nation with its Hello Kitty Cafe Trucks, and one will make a number of stops within the D.C. area beginning this weekend.

The Hello Kitty Cafe Truck. (Courtesy Sanrio/Hello Kitty)

The Hello Kitty model, a multibillion-dollar enterprise, has been crisscrossing the nation with its Hello Kitty Cafe Trucks because it marks its twentieth anniversary this 12 months, and one will make a number of stops within the D.C. area beginning this weekend.

The stops embrace Tysons Corner Center in McLean on March 23, Pike & Rose in Bethesda on April 6, and The Avenue at White Marsh on April 13.

The vans are half merchandise gross sales (Hello Kitty hoodies, T-shirts, mugs, lunch packing containers and totes), and half candy snacks (macarons, cookies and madeleines).

The Hello Kitty character was first launched in 1974 by the Japanese firm Sanrio, which nonetheless owns the model and operates the vans. The first Hello Kitty truck tour debuted in 2014.

The Hello Kitty empire contains an animated collection, music, comics and video video games.

The Hello Kitty Cafe Truck can be at The Plaza at Tysons Corner Center on March 23 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

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