Lilac Festival Armed Forces Torchlight Parade 2013

May 18, 2013 9:11 p.m.  •  4 comments

As many as 160,000 people are expected to line the streets of downtown Spokane tonight for the Armed Forces Torchlight Parade. It’s the 75th celebration of the Spokane Lilac Festival.

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Representatives of the Portland Rose Festival, who call themselves “Rosarians”, wait their turn to line up, Saturday, May 18, 2013, before the start of the annual Lilac Festival Armed Forces Torchlight Parade in downtown Spokane.

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Pearl Harbor survivors John S. Kennedy, back seat, and Charles Boyer, front seat, ride in a convertible, Saturday, May 18, 2013, during the annual Lilac Festival Armed Forces Torchlight Parade in downtown Spokane.

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Students from the Air Force survival school at Fairchild break ranks while marching and run into the crowd for handshake and high fives, Saturday, May 18, 2013, during the annual Lilac Festival Armed Forces Torchlight Parade in downtown Spokane. After the greetings, the airmen quickly reassembled and continued marching before doing it again on another block.

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The Lilac Festival court cheers from the sidelines where they were stationed early in the annual Lilac Festival Armed Forces Torchlight Parade, Saturday, May 18, 2013, in downtown Spokane. They are, from left, Savanna Sundseth, Hailey Hyde, Katie Heitkemper, Queen Brett Rountree, Devyn Russell, Emily Staker and Michelle Tatko.

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Students from the Air Force survival school at Fairchild break ranks while marching and run into the crowd for handshake and high fives, Saturday, May 18, 2013, during the annual Lilac Festival Armed Forces Torchlight Parade in downtown Spokane. After the greetings, the airmen quickly reassembled and continued marching before doing it again on another block.

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The Freeman High School Scotties’ marching band heads up Washington St., Saturday, May 18, 2013, during the annual Lilac Festival Armed Forces Torchlight Parade in downtown Spokane.

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Carolina Livingston, 6, watches the start of festivities by the Washington St. bridge, Saturday, May 18, 2013, during the annual Lilac Festival Armed Forces Torchlight Parade in downtown Spokane.

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Mark Ramos, left, a Spokane/Coeur d’Alene Indian, stops to shake hands with Wendy Hansen, Chief Master Sergeant of the 92nd Air Refueling Wing at Fairchild, Saturday, May 18, 2013, before the start of the annual Lilac Festival Armed Forces Torchlight Parade in downtown Spokane. The Spokane Tribe was a major sponsor of the parade.

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Jessie Tennant, from Deer Park, is the reigning Miss Rodeo Washington, and she waves from her flower bedecked horse, Tess, Saturday, May 18, 2013, at the annual Lilac Festival Armed Forces Torchlight Parade in downtown Spokane.

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Three-year-old Lance Wilks, left, points out horses and riders to Skyler McGuire, 4, Saturday, May 18, 2013, during the annual Lilac Festival Armed Forces Torchlight Parade in downtown Spokane.

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Carrying the eagle staff and representing the Spokane Tribe, Bill Matt Sr. rides, Saturday, May 18, 2013, in the annual Lilac Festival Armed Forces Torchlight Parade in downtown Spokane. The Spokane Tribe is a major sponsor of the parade. \

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Fairchild airmen carry poster size images of the three Fairchild crew members lost in a KC135 crash in Kyrgyzstan, Saturday, May 18, 2013, during the annual Lilac Festival Armed Forces Torchlight Parade in downtown Spokane.

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Members of the Washington Civil War Association march in period wear, Saturday, May 18, 2013, during the annual Lilac Festival Armed Forces Torchlight Parade in downtown Spokane.

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A Mt. Spokane marching band tuba reflects the scene on Washington St., Saturday, May 18, 2013, during the annual Lilac Festival Armed Forces Torchlight Parade in downtown Spokane.

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Girl Scouts carry photos of service members killed in action in World War II, Saturday, May 18, 2013, during the annual Lilac Festival Armed Forces Torchlight Parade in downtown Spokane.

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Young representatives of the Spokane Tribe wave from the back of a truck, Saturday, May 18, 2013, during the annual Lilac Festival Armed Forces Torchlight Parade in downtown Spokane.

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Queens and horse units representing the Ellensburg Rodeo walk down Washington St., Saturday, May 18, 2013, during the annual Lilac Festival Armed Forces Torchlight Parade in downtown Spokane.

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