The Daffodil Festival originated in 1934 as a celebration of the agriculture industry in the Puyallup and Sumner area. The Daffodil Parade became an annual event where the community gathered, and the daffodil was the exhalted symbol. The celebration gradually grew to make its way through four Pierce County cities in a single day.
Despite the loss of the daffodil farmers throughout the years, Pierce County is still fertile ground, continuing to sprout new ideas and ways of thinking, ingenuity, industry, and innovation. The parade still hosts the beautiful golden flowers, but the true celebration continues to revolve around the community from which it originates, and the people whose hands have built the festival from the very beginning. The high school bands, floats, businesses and local organizations, all hold strong ties to the streets they march, walk, and ride over in the parade. It is for this reason that the Daffodil Festival still flourishes.
This Festival thrives, when Pierce County is at its strongest; when the support and spirit of its diverse communities come together. When they share their talents, and take part in a grand tribute to the land they live in, magic happens. That’s the Parade, showcasing a community at its best.
Mental Health Awareness
Through Alex’s Promise, the Daffodil Festival has partnered with alumnae and professionals in the mental health fields to build upon the Daffodil Festival Royal Court’s designated role as “Good Will Ambassadors of Pierce County,” bringing awareness to and ending the stigma around mental health issues, violence prevention resources, and more, while continuing their annual impact throughout Pierce County and the Pacific Northwest.