Monday, July 24, 2017 This Week's Paper

It’s Spring All Over:

// A Princess-Spotting Guide for the Festival Season

The yellow dresses of the Daffodil Princesses are an annual sign that Spring has finally arrived in Pierce County, but did you know that you can meet this year’s Royal Court at more appearances than just the Grand Floral Parade? Here are just a few locations you can spot Daffodil Royalty this festival season.
For starters, the Daffodil Festival actually takes part in more parades than just the “big” one. In fact, Daffodils take to the water with the Marine Parade, coming up Sunday, April 23rd. The Festival has enjoyed a long-time partnership with the Tacoma Yacht Club who not only host the parade, but also help sponsor a special scholarship for each year’s Miss Congeniality from among the Princesses. This water-bound party can be found beginning at the TYC, near Point Defiance Ferry Terminal, and floating down Thea Foss Waterway in Downtown Tacoma. There are plenty of places to gather on dry land, too, like Les Davies Pier, or nearby water-facing restaurants along Ruston Way.
Don’t quite have your sea legs just yet? Maybe you’d better stick to the fun and family-friendly atmosphere of the Junior Parade, where the fun happens the day before, on Saturday, April 22nd. This walking parade, oriented towards Pierce County’s younger audiences, takes place in the Proctor District of Tacoma, and is the best place to see pint-sized participants from all around your community. See local
school groups from junior highs and middle schools across Pierce County, Boy Scout patrols and church groups, as well as pets, unicycles, and plenty of other things sure to capture your kid’s attention, up close and personal.
Find your Festival friends at the Spring Fair, where Daffodil Princesses are on hand to help little ones with the love of reading at the newly-developed Storybook Village at the Fair! Rumor has it that some of your favorite literary characters will be the special guests of the Daffodil Princesses. This year, the Spring Fair runs from April 20th through 23rd, which means there’s plenty of time to stop by and read a book with a Princess (when they’re not at the Marine or Junior Parades, of course!).
Trying to interact with the Royalty in a more personal setting? Bring along a sweet little princess of your own to the
annual Daffodil Festival Princess Tea, taking place at Laurel Creek Manor on May 7th. This Daffodil tradition makes for plenty of sunny smiles, as the Daffodil Royalty invite their community Princesses-in-Training – as well as mothers, aunts, grandmothers, and more! to an afternoon tea, full of sweet treats and fun. You’ll be bringing home a tiara, an official Daffodil Royalty poster, and plenty of memories! You will need to hustle because tickets always sell out in advance.
While the daffodil flowers themselves might disappear with the end of Spring, these beautiful blooms sure don’t! You can find the Daffodil Royal Court traveling throughout the Pacific Northwest throughout the summer, at numerous out-of-town parades and community events. Some notable places to look include the Portland Starlight Parade, the Marysville Strawberry Festival, and the SeaFair Torchlight Parade. Make sure to mark a place on your calendar for the Fourth of July, as well, where Daffodil can be found yearly in Eatonville, to help celebrate Independence Day!