Gray skies do nothing to dampen Grand Floral Parade

// Festivities continue with Junior Daffodil Parade and Daffodil Marine Parade

A light drizzle did not dampen any spirits during the 80th annual Daffodil Festival Grand Floral Parade as it rolled down Pacific Avenue in downtown Tacoma on April 13.

Popular floats were the entries from Puyallup Tribe of Indians and the Daffodil Festival, which carried Daffodil Queen Kenna Erhardt and her court. Other floats came from around Washington, Portland and British Columbia. Marching bands from high schools around Pierce County performed.

The Seafair Pirates were on hand with their pirate ship-themed float, while some pirates walked along the sidewalks interacting with parade viewers. More than 150 entries, including car clubs, mounted units and dance teams, participated.

The Grand Sweepstakes Award went to the Sumner float. The President’s Award went to the entry from Port Orchard. The Clover Park community float took home the Queen’s Award. The Princess Award went to the float from Sequim. The Festival Award went to the float from Leavenworth, the charming, Bavarian-themed town in Central Washington. The Daffodillian Award went to the float from Chief Leschi High School. The Ambassador Award went across the Canadian border with the folks from Hyack, B.C. The Peach Festival float won the International Award.

After wrapping up in Tacoma, the first leg of the parade, it continued on to Puyallup, Sumner and Orting.

The Daffodil festivities continue this weekend. The Junior Daffodil Parade will take place in Proctor District starting at 10 a.m. on April 20. Unlike the main parade, this one does not have the large floats. Instead it is geared toward children, with groups from day care centers, Girl Scout troops and junior high schools walking along the route. It encourages fun and creativity for the young people of the area. Costumes, pets, music and non-motorized floats make this a special event. This will be the 52nd year for this parade.

Daffodil Festival takes to the water on April 21, when Tacoma Yacht Club holds the Daffodil Marine Parade. Dozens of yachts and marine vessels are decorated with daffodils and head onto Commencement Bay. The event begins at 11:30 a.m. at Tacoma Yacht Club, located near the ferry terminal at Point Defiance Park. The boats head south to Thea Foss Waterway. There are many places along the waterfront to view the boats.

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