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Guide to 2012 Daffodil Festival

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The Daffodil Festival will be celebrating it’s 79th year during the 2012 festival season. From the parades to the Daffodil Classic Bike Ride and Daffodil Marine Parade, there’s lots of fun activities for the family in the South Sound.

Grand Floral Street Parade
Saturday, April 14
Tacoma: 10:15am
Puyallup: 12:45 pm
Sumner: 2:30 pm
Orting: 5:00 pm

The Grand Floral Street Parade is the highlight of Festival Week. The parade travels through the four cities of Tacoma, Puyallup, Sumner and Orting and consists of approximately 40 float entries and over 80 other entries, including bands, marching and mounted units. The floats are decorated with fresh-cut Daffodils, numbering in the thousands.

37th Annual Daffodil Classic
Sunday, April 15
7:00am – 5:00pm
Orting Middle School
111 Whitehawk Blvd NW
Orting, WA 98360
http://www.twbc.org

The Daffodil Classic winds through the beautiful Orting valley and surrounding hills. Bring your bike, trike, tandem or unicycle – all cyclists are welcome! There are routes for families, recreational cyclists, and serious roadies. Choose from 40-mile, 60-mile or 100-mile loops; or a family-friendly, paved trail option from 1 mile up to 30 miles. Register online.

The 51st Annual Junior Parade
Saturday, April 21
10:00am
North 24th Street on Proctor
Tacoma, WA 98406
http://www.jrdaffodil.com

Hosted by the Proctor District of Tacoma and geared to children, the parade encourages fun, creativity and partnership for the young people of the area. Costumes, pets, music and non-motorized floats make this parade a special event.

Daffodil Marine Festival and Parade
Sunday, April 22
11:15am
Tacoma Yacht Club
5401 North Waterfront Drive
Tacoma, WA 98407
http://www.tacomayachtclub.org

You’re invited to watch the parade as they float past, decked out in daffodils and decorated for the Daffodil Festivals theme “Don’t Stop Believing”.

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