I come from a fairly small town, and because of this I hold small town festivities in high esteem. If you are the kind of person who smells cotton candy and is suddenly overwhelmed by nostalgia, then youll appreciate this next tip. I should also mention that this festival doesnt revolve around anything that will rot your teeth out of your head. In the interest of dentists everywhere, Im here to draw your attention to the towns festivities that surround the annual Daffodil Festival. They are held each spring near your apartments in Puyallup, WA. Thus far, your impression might only be one of hiding inside your place, while little girls run around in poufy yellow dresses. I dont blame you, but make sure to pop your head out of the sand for the parade! Its a worthwhile sight to see.
This year is the 81st year since the birth of the festival, when Mr. and Mrs. Charles W. Orton hosted the first annual formal garden party for their guests to view and enjoy their flowers in bloom. The Festival was established in 1926 as a proactive step to revive the agricultural industry in the area, just after the hops industry begun to decay. It has been an annual local event every year since. The only exceptions were the years during World War II (1943-45). The parade came into existence in 1934, when a procession of automobiles decorated with daffodils began its trek through town. Now the parade is comprised of four routes through Pierce County. It traverses through Tacoma, Puyallup, Orting, and Sumner.
This years parade in Puyallup is set for April 5, and will begin at 12:45 in the historic district. The parade has grown from its modest origins into a huge event, where over 150 entries participate! Head on down to the parade this year, and enjoy some old-school small town entertainment. Watch your local marching bands, car clubs, businesses, and veterans groups promenade down the street chucking candy! Itll be just like when you were a kid, only you can probably get away with taking more tootsie rolls than your Mother allowed.
Dont miss the Marine parade, either, because who doesnt want to see a slew of yachts decked out with daffodils floating down the waterfront?! Im sure theyll be chucking candy as well, and so I must retract my previous statement that this event wont rot your teeth. I leave self-control entirely up to you! The Daffodil Marine Parade is set for Sunday, April 13 and begins at the Tacoma Yacht Club near Point Defiance. It continues along a route through Foss Thea Waterway and on toward downtown Tacoma.
When youve finished watching and partaking in the Daffodil parades, you can head over to the local Farmers Market to pick out your own lovely bunch of blooms. Pierce County is famous for its Spring Daffodils and Tulips. The market is located in Pioneer Park and in the Pioneer Pavilion, and admission is free. Local vendors offer hanging baskets, flowers, and bulbs. It begins April 12 October 11 on Saturdays from 9am to 2pm. Take advantage of that, and spruce things up with some spring blooms in your Parkland Washington apartments!