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Daffodils, fairies, blues festival and more happenings this weekend

Post by Mary Anderson / The News Tribune on April 13, 2012 at 3:55 pm with No Comments »
April 13, 2012 3:55 pm

Sumner leg of parade 2011, Peter Haley, staff photographer

It’s daffodils, marching bands, horses and of course clowns today at the annual Daffodil Festival Grand Floral Parade. It starts at 10 a.m. in downtown Tacoma going down Pacific Avenue starting at 11th Street and finishing at 21st Street. It then moves on to downtown Puyallup with a start time of 12:46 p.m. traveling on Fourth Ave. S.W., Third St. S.W., Meeker Ave. S.W., South Meridian and finishing on Seventh Ave. S.W. The next destination is Sumner starting at 2:30 p.m. traveling Main Street from Kincaid Ave. to Meeker Ave. The final city is Orting with a start time of 5 p.m. traveling on Washington Ave. from Bridge St. N. and finishing at Leber St.

As soon as the last Daffodil Parade float has left Tacoma on Saturday, head on up to the Gray Sky Blues Music Festival at The Swiss Tavern, 1904 S. Jefferson Ave.; the Harmon Brewery, 1938 Pacific Ave. (where there also will be a car show); and other venues. Acts include Rafael Tranquilino, Karen Lovely and Billy Shew. The festival has a $10 cover charge and starts at 3:30 p.m. Call 253-230-6851 or go to

Music, dance, vendors and fairies presumably will inhabit the fifth annual Spring Fairy Festival. The event runs from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. at Green River Community College, 12401 S.E. 320th St., Auburn. $15. Call 253-572-8339 or go to

Back in the days when “click” wasn’t associated with mice and “digital” had something to do with fingers, there was film. You can revisit that time at the Puget Sound Photographic Collectors Society Sale, Swap & Show from 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday at Kent Commons Community Center, 525 Fourth Ave. N., Kent. Admission is $5. Go to

Rise Against
, a punk rock band that places high importance on its social activism, comes to ShoWare Center on the second leg of its 2012 spring tour along with A Day to Remember and Title Fight. The show starts at 7 p.m. Thursday at ShoWare Center, 625 W. James St., Kent. Tickets are $35. For more details, go to

Mixing traditional country with hip-hop and rock, Big Kenny and John Rich, the duo behind Big & Rich, bring their unique sound to an 8:30 p.m. show Saturday with Cowboy Troy at the Emerald Queen Casino, 2024 E. 29th St., Tacoma. Tickets are $65-120. Call 253-594-7777 or go to

Seattle Pacific University’s Gospelfest 2012 showcases some of the best gospel choirs in our area at 5 p.m. Sunday at Marion Oliver McCaw Hall at the Seattle Center, 321 Mercer St., Seattle. Tickets are $25-$50 at Ticketmaster.

She’s been “Miss Saigon” and “Mulan” and soon will star in George Takei’s “Allegiance.” You can hear singer and actress Lea Salonga at 8 tonight at The Moore Theatre, 1932 Second Ave., Seattle. Tickets are $32.50-$97.50. Call 206-682-1414 or go to

There will be plenty of pocket change at the Pacific Northwest Numismatic Association’s 63rd annual Coin Show from noon-7 tonight, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday at the Tukwila Community Center, 12424 42nd Ave. S., Tukwila. There will be 85 dealers on site. Admission is $2. Learn more at

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