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TACOMA: City already has a signature event

Letter by Pat McDonald, East Wenatchee on Oct. 14, 2011 at 10:08 am with 3 Comments »
October 14, 2011 10:16 am

I just finished reading an article in the Wenatchee World regarding the City of Tacoma’s Economic Development Department and how, in its desire to “kick-start a stagnant economy,” it might consider starting a festival that “should be home grown and able to attract out-of-town tourists”

Really? Do you not already have a major festival, one that will celebrate 79 years in 2012? You know, the one that has a big grand parade every year on the second Saturday in April? The one with all kinds of major events connected to it, including a royal court and a terrific float that represents your community in festival parades all over the Northwest?

I know Tacoma shares the Daffodil Festival with three other communities so maybe you consider it to be a Pierce County event rather than a Tacoma event. But for a lot of us “out-of-towners” it is still the Tacoma Daffodil Festival and we love to come over for it, rain or shine.

No wonder your festival struggles when it has no support from the city. Maybe it’s time for Tacoma to take a look at how you can help enhance the major festival you’ve had in your own community since 1933.

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  1. tree_guy says:

    Good letter Pat. But you don’t understand. The current city council needs a brand new and highly expensive pet project of their own. That’s how economic development is defined here in Tacoma. Hope that clears things up. (Yes, we still enjoy the stodgy old daffodil parade)

  2. Pecksbadboy says:

    Let’s look at history,
    1. Broadway Plaza (the walking street)
    2. Escalades (moving sidewalks between streets)
    3. Bicentenial Pavilion (pseudo convention center)
    4. City Parkades (urban renewal to get rid of old building and add parking)
    5. Too many to mention………………

    All these have been dismal failures and megalomaniac politicians are to blame. They all want their name on something

  3. commoncents says:

    I’m with tree_guy on this one. I, too, enjoy the Daffodil Parade and haven’t missed one in last 10 yeas…but it’s not new and everyone knows that “new is better” or I guess a better way to say it “new has MY name stamped on it so I now have a legacy”.

    Only thing wrong with the Daffodil Parade is the timing…weather doesn’t always cooperate. But heck, add in a “bite of tacoma” style food fest, a couple of beer gardens, some live music, tie it all together and you have your major festival.

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