If you’re planning to attend the Daffodil Festival’s 82nd annual Grand Floral Parade on Saturday, you should pack an umbrella and rain gear.
Forecasts show temperatures in the 50s and steady rain showers are likely for all four legs of the event, when the queen and princesses from 24 high schools in Pierce County will make their biggest public appearances of the year.
Crowds will line the streets in Tacoma, Puyallup, Sumner and Orting to watch more than 150 parade entrants roll by, including marching bands and floats, community groups and horse-drawn carriages.
Participants will adorn floats, cars and tractors with thousands of daffodils, honoring the Puyallup Valley’s history as a leading bulb farm destination.
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The parade routes in the four cities are the same as in previous years.
This year’s grand marshal is Jerry Korum, an executive with Korum Automotive Group and a Washington State Fair board member. He was also a key player in building the Mel Korum YMCA in Puyallup.
Korum represents this year’s festival theme, “shine your light with service.” He’s connected to many service organizations and started a foundation with his wife, Germaine, that awards scholarships to local students.
After the Grand Floral Parade comes the annual Marine Parade, which is set for 11:30 a.m. Sunday. The boats start at Tacoma Yacht Club and follow Ruston Way to Thea Foss Waterway.
The following weekend will bring the 54th annual Junior Daffodil Parade, which will take place at 10 a.m. April 18 in Tacoma’s Proctor District.