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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So, You Want to Be a Princess? : Everything You Need to Know About Daffodil Selection

What images come to mind, when you think of a “princess”? A big ballgown, a glittering tiara, and maybe even a pumpkin carriage or towering castle, right? Do you think of a fairy tale maiden, one who likes to spend time with animals, or sleep a lot? Or are you more inclined to think of …

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Queen’s Coronation 2021: A Lesson in Resiliency

You know what they say: the more things change, the more things stay the same. On Monday, April 26th, the Daffodil Festival’s Queen’s Coronation reflected the difficulties of living through the past year in a pandemic, while still continuing to celebrate the achievements of a whole new class of Daffodil Princesses. Clan Gordon was still …

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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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PRESS RELEASE – 3/25/21

View PDF of Press Release HERE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: DAFFODIL FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES 2021 FESTIVAL COURT & PROMENADE EVENT Pierce County, WA – March 25, 2021 – Some traditions are too resilient to let wilt by these unprecedented times. The 88th year of the Pierce County Daffodil Festival commenced their 2021 selections behind computer screens this …

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What is Promenade?

The 2020 Royal Court in a smiling group photo at last year’s Princess Promenade event.Out of the prominent Festival events in the Daffodil calendar year, none is quite as inscrutable to the outside observer as Princess Promenade. While the Grand Floral Parade is not only steeped in public tradition, but also generally easy to understand …

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