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Category: Daffodil Festival


52nd Junior Daffodil Parade to march through Proctor on a new weekend

Better weather is expected for Saturday’s 52nd Annual Junior Daffodil Parade in Tacoma’s Proctor District, following a very wet Daffodil Grand Floral Parade weekend last week.

In the past, the Junior Daffodil Parade has fallen the weekend prior to the Daffodil Festival’s Grand Floral Parade. Steve James, executive director of the Daffodil Festival, said the parade was moved to the following weekend to increase visibility and coordinate it with the Marine Parade, which is Sunday at the Tacoma Yacht Club.

More than 70 entrants and about 3,700 participants are scheduled to march in the Junior Daffodil Parade on Saturday, which

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Sun shines on Orting for Daffodil Parade finale

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.

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Foundation provides Daffodil Royalty Court $53,000 in scholarships

The annual Daffodil Festival is known for parades, pageantry and princesses. Beyond the title of princess and queen, the 24 girls from high schools across Pierce County are given scholarships from the Daffodil Scholarship Foundation to help each of them attend college.

The foundation is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, a separate entity from the Daffodil Festival that provides the Daffodil Royal Court with funding for continued education each year.

“We want to be able to provide these girls with a higher education,” said Sue Hudson, foundation president. “That was one of the reasons the foundation was

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Puyallup announces Daffodil Parade street closures

The City of Puyallup has approved street closures for the annual Daffodil Parade.

Street department crews will begin closing various streets in downtown Puyallup beginning at 11 a.m. on April 13, according to a press release from City Clerk Brenda Arline.

Detour routes will be appropriately marked prior to and during the 80th Annual Grand Floral Parade.

The city anticipates the affected streets will re-open immediately following the parade at approximately 4 p.m., according to the release.

The Daffodil Parade will start in Puyallup at 12:45 p.m. on April 13.


Daffodil parade will include tributes to Chief Leschi princess

The Grand Floral Parade that starts this morning in Tacoma and winds through Puyallup, Sumner and Orting is usually a purely happy event, a celebration of spring.

But it will hold hints of sadness today as festival organizers and royalty mourn one of their own. Alexandria Cole, the Daffodil princess from Chief Leschi High School, died Wednesday of an apparent suicide.

It’s believed to be the first time in the 79-year history of the festival that a princess has died during her reign.

The Queen’s Float, one of the first units in the parade, will carry a photo of Cole

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And the Most Magnificent Mutt is….

Cute reigned despite the rain in Graham today.

More than 40 dogs – and 100 people – braved the wet and cold today at Frontier Park for the annual dog show judged by Daffodil Festival princesses.

The grand prize went to Jake, a golden retriever and playmate of Emily Bodhaine, 7, of Orting.

But Jake and Emily didn’t have the corner on prize-winning acts. Seen here is another award winner, Sam Smithson, and her Chihuahua, Lilly, who took home Best Smile.

The rest of the winners are listed below.

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Magnificent Mutt show set for Saturday in Graham

Pierce County Fair’s annual Most Magnificent Mutt Show is 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at Frontier Park, 21718 Meridian, Graham.

There’s no fee to enter. Registration begins at 9 a.m.

Children ages 2-14 may enter their pups in the show.

The dogs must be on a leash, and the kid-canine teams must be accompanied by an adult. Categories include shortest dog, softest ears and “Grooviest dog and owners costume team.”

The 2012 Daffodil Festival Royal Court will do the judging.

More details on are the fair’s website, www.piercecountyfair.com.



Daffodil Festival: ‘Read with a Princess’ events Saturday

Kids can read with a Daffodil Festival princess Saturday at libraries in Tacoma, Puyallup and throughout Pierce County.

Here’s the schedule:

  • 11 a.m. at the following libraries: Gig Harbor, Bonney Lake, Tillicum, University Place, Sumner, Parkland/Spanaway, Summit, Fife, Puyallup, Fern Hill and downtown Tacoma.
  • 1 p.m. at the following libraries: Key Center, Buckley, Dupont, Eatonville, Orting, Kobetich, Steilacoom, Lakewood, South Hill, Edgewood/Milton, Moore  and South Tacoma.
  • 3 p.m. at the following library branches: Wheelock, Mottet and Swasey.

The princesses will read stories, talk with the kids, pose for photos and hand out special gifts.

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