The shortest leg of the four parades showed no shortage of energy Saturday evening, as the sun made a late appearance for Orting’s turn in the 80th Daffodil Parade. Residents from the small town and surrounding cities lined the sidewalks, dancing to upbeat tunes and waving to yellow-clad princesses.
“My favorite are the pirates,” said Isaiah Summers, 5, who had been to all four parades with his mom, Kimberly, 39. The Tacoma family was out cheering on Isaiah’s cousin who was marching in the Spanaway Lake High School marching band.
“We wanted to cheer him on every time,” Kimberly Summers said.
Parade floats and marching bands, including Orting High School’s band and cheerleaders, made their way down Washington Avenue as spectators dozens of people deep lined the sidewalks. Orting’s population of about 6,800 triples when the parade comes to town, and it showed.
Although still chilly, the rain clouds parted for the duration of the parade, giving participants sunshine for their finale.
Tyler Anderson, 18, was there passing out coupons for the Spring Fair in Puyallup as a fundraiser. He and small group from Our Savior Lutheran Church in Tacoma were fundraising at all four parades.
“It’s been a long day,” Anderson said.
A carnival-like atmosphere ruled the sidelines, as vendors set up tents and youngsters climbed trees and took pony rides in the park.
Teresa Marshall, 56, of Abundant Life Community Church in Orting was part of a group selling journals, painting faces and offering bean-bag toss contests to raise money for a mission trip to Haiti.
Kids chanted as floats went by and quickly collected the daffodils thrown from the various participants.
With the parade wrapping up in Orting, the 23 Pierce County princesses and queen were dispersed, and some rejoined their high schools.
Puyallup High School princess Bri Pedicone brought up the near-tail end of the parade with the Puyallup marching band, dancing with the drum majors.
Orting Cheer and Orting Middle School also marched towards the end, alongside Darth Vader.
Click here for the real-time Twitter feed from the parade.
Kari Plog: 253-597-8682