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UPDATED: Tue., May 22, 2018

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 …


UPDATED: Tue., May 22, 2018

Eight decades and counting: 80th Lilac Festival Armed Forces Torchlight Parade honors region’s veterans

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 …


From Lilac Queen to Chico’s FAS CEO, Shelley Broader shares life lessons at Lilac Association luncheon

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 …


Spectators line the streets for 78th annual Lilac parade

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.


Spokane Arena parking will be limited Saturday night due to Lilac Parade

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.


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. …


Deadly equine virus hits Washington

Three cases of a virulent strain of the equine herpes virus have been reported in Washington state, prompting horse owners to take precautions against spread of the disease. The Spokane …


Equine herpes scare shrinks Lilac parade lineup

Three cases of a virulent strain of the equine herpes virus have been reported in Washington state, prompting horse owners to take precautions against spread of the disease.


Still waiting for spring to spring

So, did you catch Saturday’s weird weather? Blue skies. Shining sun. Dry pavement…


Face Time: Lilac Queen reflects on responsibilities, opportunities

MacKenzie Johnson, a senior at Mead High School, is this year’s Spokane Lilac Festival Association Lilac Queen. In an interview last week, Johnson, 18, looked forward to the busy weeks …


Landmark institutions show Spokane’s growth potential

Spokane was a far different place four decades ago. Major community projects – like the upcoming Expo ’74 World’s Fair – were typically planned by older men meeting in such …


Parade-goers enjoy the view

There aren’t a lot of bad seats at the Lilac parade, but some are better than others. Like thousands who lined sidewalks in three-deep rows, 5-year-old Levi Knight of Spokane …


Riverside, Deer Park high schools banding together

Deer Park has a long and decorated history of being involved in parades. In the town hall, you can view many trophies from various parades, dating back to a silver-plated …


Lilac procession draws droves

Mary Hall claimed her spot for the 71st annual Spokane Lilac Parade on Saturday afternoon so her grandchildren would have a front-row seat. But grandma and the kids got more …


71st Lilac parade kicks off Saturday

Spokane’s 71st Armed Forces Torchlight Parade will set off at 7:45 p.m. Saturday downtown.


From ventriloquist to parade chief

This Saturday, when the 71st annual Armed Forces Torchlight Parade kicks off, Michael Waldrip, the president of the Spokane Lilac Festival, will be fulfilling a lifelong dream. As a child …


Lilac memories

In May 1938 Faith Smith was strolling downtown when by chance she happened upon Spokane’s first Lilac Parade at the corner of Lincoln and Main. Or rather, it happened upon …