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2014 Junior Daffodil Parade Through Proctor

April 14, 2014

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2014 Junior Daffodil Parade

This past weekend, on April 12th, the annual Junior Daffodil Parade took place in the Proctor District. It marked the 52nd parade! Streets were closed and crowds came out for entertainment and to cheer on the younger ones in our community.

 

The Junior Daffodil Parade is actually part of a larger Daffodil Festival that takes place each spring across Pierce County. What began, in 1926, as a garden party among influential civic personalities quickly grew into an annual celebration. The first parade of automobiles, bicycles, and floats took place in 1934. Today, the Grand Floral Street Parade travels through the cities of Tacoma, Puyallup, Sumner and Orting. This year the Daffodil Festival celebrated its 81st year of existence.

 

The Junior Daffodil Parade came to be some years later, in 1961. It was held annually in downtown Tacoma until 1991, when it moved to the Proctor District. The Junior Daffodil mission is to promote diversity in the community “by showcasing the excellence of children, youth groups and volunteers through the expression of music, art, sport and dance.” We definitely saw that in action last Saturday! The theme of this year’s festival was “Ready, Set, Grow!” Categories for the Junior Daffodil Parade participants included “Fascinating Floats”, “Best Fun On Wheels”, and “Fascinating Feet & Talented Toes”.

 

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Clown at the Junior Daffodil Parade

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Stewart Middle School band in front of the Old House Mercantile

 


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