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.

A Tiara for a Tassel: The Daffodil Royal Court of 2022 Graduates!

The Daffodil Festival meets its Princesses at a very significant moment in their lives: in the Fall of their Senior Year of high school. Their resumes boast many notable accomplishments in scholarship, extracurriculars, community service, and more, partially because they’ve been working so hard to boost these resumes for college acceptances across the four years …

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A Party Fit for Royal-Tea : Princess Tea 2022 at Laurel Creek Manor

The Daffodil Festival Princess Tea took place on Sunday, May 1st, 2022, at Laurel Creek Manor in Sumner. One of the final official events of the Daffodil hosting season, the Princess Tea is a special occasion on the Royal Court’s calendar, as it is one of their best opportunities to get personal with some of …

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Behind the Yellow Blazer: Meet 2022 Festival President, Scott Dellinger!

As an organization that has been in motion in Pierce County for nearly a century, you might imagine that it takes a lot of work to look this good! Because April is National Volunteer Month, we wanted to take the opportunity to thank some of the wonderful people who make The Daffodil Festival such an …

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Leading with Heart: Queen Clara Reflects On Her 2022 Daffodil Coronation

  It’s not every day you become Queen of the Daffodil Festival… and certainly not when, in a first of the Festival’s recorded history, you earn the title of Miss Congeniality on the same night. However, as of Sunday, March 27th, Princess Clara of Curtis High School, did just that. Now Queen Clara is ready …

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Practice Makes Perfect: An Insider’s Peek at Princess Practices, with Royalty Educator Mabel Thompson

The phrase “Princess Practice” might call a select set of images to mind: navigating a dinner plate surrounded by an impossible number of forks, carefully balancing a stack of dictionaries on your head while walking heel-to-toe, or Julie Andrews instructing a young Anne Hathaway in the art of the regal wave. But for the high …

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The Start of a New Season: How Hope is Rising with Promenade 2022

The 2022 Princess Promenade will mark the beginning of a new Festival season, as Washington begins to tentatively open up again in the aftermath of Covid-19. As we near the end of February, Pierce County gardeners may have already started witnessing new growth in their neighborhood beds, with the sturdy, green stalks of daffodil bulbs …

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PRESS RELEASE – 2/8/22

View PDF of Press Release HERE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Media contact: [email protected] 2022 DAFFODIL FESTIVAL EVENT DATES February 8, 2022   Pierce County, WA – February 8, 2022– The 2022 Daffodil Festival is eager to contribute as “HopeRises” in Pierce County as they welcome back the Grand Floral Parade, along with announcing otherfestival events. The …

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Not Just a Gown, But a Golden Opportunity: How the ‘Sponsor a Princess’ Campaign Helps Our Royalty Shine

The Daffodil Festival has long been a celebration of the beautiful flowers that once grew throughout the Puyallup Valley, but back in March of 2020, all that seemed to be growing locally was a state of uncertainty: with Covid-19 case numbers rising and schools, businesses, and more closing up shop, many were left without much …

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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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