Early Spring can be a gloomy time for Washingtonians. Sure, winter is officially over, but the gray skies and near-constant rainfall can turn even the most evergreen locals into cynics. But there’s one yellow, sunny, bright spot in our dreary, damp springtime— the Daffodil Parade!
The Daffodil Parade is in its 85th year, and this year’s theme is “Traditions in Bloom.” The parade features daffodil-decorated floats, marching bands, and of course, The Daffodil Royal Court. The royal court is made up of 23 Daffodil Princesses who are high school seniors from participating Pierce County schools. The princesses learn about public speaking, self-confidence, and poise during their one-year stint as Daffodil Princess.
This year’s festivities will take place on Apr. 7. The parade will travel through Tacoma, Puyallup, Sumner, and Orting.
Parade start times in each city are as follows:
Tacoma- 10:15 a.m.
Puyallup- 12:45 p.m.
Sumner- 2:30 p.m.
Orting- 5:00 p.m.
Sumner will also feature a festival following the parade. There will be food trucks, music and other entertainment, and even a Trader Joe’s booth, Sumner’s Communication Director Carmen Palmer told South Sound.
The forecast calls for rain, so dress accordingly, and don’t miss out on this South Sound spring tradition.
If you can’t make the main parade, there’s also the Junior Daffodil Parade, taking place 10 a.m., April 14 in North Tacoma’s Proctor District. The 55th Annual Junior Parade is geared towards kids and is always fun. Daffodil Princesses, costumes, pets, music and non-motorized floats will help celebrate these magnificent flowers!