The Daffodil Festival is hosting Tacoma’s first all-military parade in five decades Saturday.
The inaugural Celebrating Military Service Parade will feature active-duty, reserve and retired military personnel as well as many military vehicles, according to a festival news release. The grand marshal is Col. Joe Jackson, 90, who was awarded the Medal of Honor in 1969.
Daffodil Festival royalty will give up their seats on the queen’s float for 24 wounded or injured soldiers from Joint Base Lewis-McChord’s Warrior Transition Battalion.
The parade will begin at South 13th Street and Pacific Avenue at 6 p.m. Before it starts, the 56th Army Band will perform in Tollefson Plaza at 5 p.m. Affiliated organizations will be represented, such as United Way and military recruiters, the release says.
Sound Transit will offer a free Sounder train from Lakewood, which leaves at 3 p.m. and returns from Tacoma at 8:30 p.m.
Traffic delays are anticipated on Pacific Avenue, primarily where the parade travels between South 13th and South 24th streets from 6-7:30 p.m.
Traffic can cross Pacific Avenue at 13th, 15th and 21st streets before 6 p.m. and South Ninth Street will remain open during the parade, according to the release.
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