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Dustin Peterson Sr. sprinted to three spots along the Junior Lilac Parade route Saturday to catch a glimpse of his son, playing the trombone in the Chase Middle School band, march past him as many times as possible.
The award for best lighting at the Lilac Festival Armed Forces Torchlight Parade on Saturday was given to Prosser, the parade announced this week. The second place Torch Light Award went to Tekoa. Third place was won by the Blazen Divaz.
Coasting down Washington Street in a vintage military Jeep, World War II veteran and retired Admiral George Lotzenhiser said he relished being a part of one of the nation’s foremost armed forces parades.
More than three decades ago, Spokane Lilac Festival Queen Shelley Broader – then Shelley Gilchrist – represented the city in events across Washington state. Now, as president and CEO of Chico’s FAS, she represents a clothing brand with more than $2 billion in net sales.
Olympic View Band and Drill of Mukilteo, Washington, has been named Grand Sweepstakes winner and Sacajawea Middle School has earned the Best Adherence to Theme award for their participation in the 2018 Spokane Junior Lilac Parade on Saturday in Spokane.
Dozens of middle school and elementary school bands – many clad in old farming clothes as part of the parade’s “Turn Up! for Hoedown” theme – followed with crowd-pleasing tunes of their own.
Families, friends and casual observers turned out in droves for the 2017 Junior Lilac Parade, which marched through sunny, if somewhat chilly weather in downtown Spokane Saturday morning.
Heavy rain and flood warnings gave way to a dry but chilly 78th annual Spokane Lilac Festival Armed Forces Torchlight Parade Saturday night in downtown Spokane.
People line the streets of downtown Spokane, Saturday, May 21, 2016, for the Armed Forces Torchlight Parade. It’s the 78th celebration of the Spokane Lilac Festival.
Spokane Arena parking spaces will be reduced for the Piano Guys concert on Saturday night due to the staging for the Lilac Festival Armed Forces Torchlight Parade.
Elementary and middle school bands and drill units, youth organizations, and other clubs participate in the 65th annual Junior Lilac Parade, Saturday, May 14, 2016.
A torrential downpour early Saturday evening sent parade floats under the cover of a nearby overpass, but the rain ended in time for the 77th annual Armed Forces Torchlight Parade. The floats were parked nose-to-tail three abreast under the overpass as their creators tried to keep rain from ruining months of hard work. The Aladdin-themed Reardan-Edwall float called “Magic Carpet Ride” only took six weeks to make thanks to long hours. It wasn’t unusual for the princesses and their parents to come home at 2 a.m. after working on the float.
People line the streets of downtown Spokane, Saturday, May 16, 2015, for the Armed Forces Torchlight Parade. It’s the 77th celebration of the Spokane Lilac Festival.
The Sacajawea Middle School band and drill team took the top prize in Saturday’s Junior Lilac Parade in downtown Spokane. The unit took home the event’s “grand sweepstakes” prize after it was judged the best among 31 bands that performed in the parade, said Jane Bateham-Smith, who serves as the parade’s judging chairwoman. The prize allows Sacajawea to represent the Junior Lilac Parade in Saturday’s Spokane Lilac Festival Parade.
The Sacajawea Middle School band and drill team took the top prize in Saturday’s Junior Lilac Parade in downtown Spokane.
If the thought of 76 trombones leading a parade makes you smile, you’ll want to be downtown Saturday morning. About two-thirds of the 70 or so groups in the Junior Lilac Parade will be elementary or middle school marching bands, said Eoin Murphy, parade chair for Rotoract Spokane.
The Lilac Festival 2015 Royal Court Coronation event was held Sunday at the Bing Crosby Theater, where 14 young women vied for seven spots as ambassadors for the annual festival. Seven were selected for the court and Meghan Long of Ferris was chosen as Queen.
It is a little after 7 a.m., and the sun is low and bright in the sky, and sprinklers are sprinkling, and garbage bins are parked at the curb, and it’s a beautiful morning in the neighborhood, and here come 200 boys and girls right down the middle of the street, banging their drums and blowing their horns, marching in step and swinging their instruments, their shadows long on the asphalt, delivering a funky, brassy wake-up call to all they pass. Good morning, “Jungle Boogie.”
The sun shone on blaring clarinets and slide trombones as drum majors led the way for the annual Spokane Junior Lilac Parade Saturday. Dressed as zombies, fish and beach-goers, elementary and middle-school students bused downtown from nearly 40 schools throughout the region. They soaked up the attention as parade-goers lined the route waiting for their children, alma mater or favorite tune to come by.
The sun shone on clarinets and trombones as drum majors led the way for the annual Spokane Junior Lilac Parade on Saturday.