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This old stagecoach was put into service to carry Spokane’s Princess Lilac and her court in a downtown parade in 1940, marking the opening of the city’s lilac festival. Princess Lilac, Shannon Mahoney, is seated in the rear. The title Princess Lilac was later changed to Lilac Queen.
Spectators line the streets of downtown Spokane in1952 for the annual Armed Forces Day Lilac Parade. The Navy supply depot float, which feature Armed Forces Queen Agnes Blane was one of the crowd favorites.
Smokey the Bear helps promote the “Keep Washington Green” campaign during the Lilac Parade in 1955. “Keep Green” began in Washington state in 1940 as a fire safety campaign. Smokey the Bear won best non-commercial float in the parade.
The Apple Blossom Festival queen, Jewel Brumbaugh, rides on the float entry from the Wenatchee Chamber of Commerce during the Lilac Parade in 1957. The crowd for the 1957 parade was estimated at 40,000.
The theme of the 1963 Lilac Parade on May 18 was Our Fabulous Northwest and Lt. Gen. James E. Briggs from Randolph Airforce Base in Texas was the grand marshall. This was the same year that the Lilac Torch was created as the symbol of the Lilac Festival. The Lewis and Clark marching band is pictured in the foreground followed by the Lewis and Clark Ti-Girls.
Forty years ago the Washington National Guard offered this float for the Lilac Parade in 1964. The theme was “In Service to Our City and State,” and it won the Armed Forces Sweepstakes category with its revolving diamond pictured on the back of the float.
Lilac princess, Megan Gentry, from Mt. Spokane High School plants a little kiss on the cheek of shy five-year-old Angelo Ferraro after the two shared conversation Saturday evening before the Lilac Parade in 2002.
Eva Kenney wears traditional clothing from Peru while marching with Latinas de Spokane (Latin Women of Spokane) in the Spokane Lilac Festival Armed Forces Torchlight Parade in Spokane, Wash., Saturday, May 18, 2007.
Lilac Princess Alyssa Robinson of Freeman High School blurts out “This is it!” as the official Lilac royalty float begins to move on the Washington Street Bridge over the Spokane River at the beginning of the 2008 Lilac Parade, Saturday, May 17, 2008, in downtown Spokane.
Emily Spillar, right, and Bailey Wiedner cheer for the Lilac royalty float carrying Lilac princess Alexis Green, the sister of a friend, during the 2009 Armed Forces Torchlight Parade, Saturday, May 16, 2009, in downtown Spokane.
As the sun sets behind the Spokane River the Apple Blossom Festival float from Wenatchee loads up Princess Maycee McQuin, left, Princess Elisa Shae, center, and Queen Elenore Bastian for the annual Torchlight Lilac Parade, Saturday, May 21, 2011.