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Prosser had best lighting at Lilac parade

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.

2016 Junior Lilac 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.

Spectators brave downpour for 77th Lilac Parade

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.

Sacajawea Middle School takes top Junior Lilac Parade honor

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.

Junior Lilac Parade marches through downtown Saturday

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.

2015 Lilac Festival Coronation

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.

Shawn Vestal: Sacajawea Middle School students prep for Junior Lilac Parade

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.”

Students from across region converge for Junior Lilac Parade

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.