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Daffodil Festival Announces 2023 Theme, Parade and Royalty Selection Dates, and a New Participating High School

The Pierce County Daffodil Festival will celebrate their 90th year of serving the community with this year’s theme “90 Years Around the Sound;” highlighting the history and uniqueness of the South Puget Sound community and their Festival.

Along with announcing their 2023 theme, The Daffodil Festival also announced that they will be adding a 24thhigh school to select a princess. Harrison Preparatory School in the Clover Park School District will hold their first ever Daffodil Princess Selection on November 21, 2022.

History Corner: The History of Daffodil Festival Themes

By Kelly Hewitt, Daffodil Festival Alumna & Historian Although the first official Daffodil Parade was held on March 17, 1934, yearly themes were not introduced until the year 1952. The first theme for the Daffodil Festival was “Alfred in Wonderland.” The theme was a reference to the King Alfred daffodil, Puyallup’s most famous export. The …

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A Conversation with Parade Director, Bob Sudderth

There’s nothing quite as impressive, in the course of the Daffodil season, as the rolling splendor of the Grand Floral Parade. As we’ve been dazzled by the many gorgeous floats, marching bands, and group displays in the past – all bedecked in bright, cheerful swathes of yellow daffodils – it’s hard to even consider the …

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The Grand Floral Parade, Past and Present

Everyone loves a parade… but perhaps not quite as much as those who live in Pierce County. After all, it isn’t just one parade that we love, but really four, trekked across the streets of Tacoma, Puyallup, Sumner, and Orting, all in one day. For almost nine decades, the Daffodil Festival Grand Floral Parade has …

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