This weekend you have the chance to come out and salute members of our military at the first all military parade in Tacoma in 50 years! Update: There is now a section on the official parade site just for spectators -with information on how to get to the parade, where to park, and other helpful tips! If you’re reading this post for the first time, do read on for the rest of the scoop, too!
The folks behind the Daffodil Festival are organizing it, and it’s going to be a big deal-with units from every branch of the armed services, Stryker vehicles-even a Coast Guard boat.
The parade will go straight down Pacific Avenue, and unlike other events, the focus will be just on honoring those who serve-don’t look for pirates or clown cars.
It’s honestly hard to believe that with all the military families in our area it’s been so long since we’ve given them a proper, public salute, but this should fix that in a big way!
Here’s where you come in: Bring your kids, give them a flag to wave, and come on out! There are plenty of service members excited to come walk, but it won’t mean a thing without crowds lined up to salute and appreciate them. This is a wonderful opportunity to talk to your children about patriotism and to show them the heroes that live among us.
Oh, and it’s an evening event, so you’ll be able to head to the route after your other Saturday activities.
More details will be coming on best places to park and view the parade-I’d suggest liking the Daffodil Festival Facebook page to keep updated.
There are lots more details available here at the website or on the Facebook page. The event begins Saturday the 24th, with a concert at Tollefson Plaza at 5PM, followed by the parade at 6PM right down Pacific. Update: There is now a section just for spectators with information on how to get to the parade, where to park, and all the other scoop you need!
Now, I need you to do one more thing: Please share this post. Facebook is easiest, but feel free to Tweet your peeps, send an email blast to your mom’s group, or tell everyone at soccer practice. The important thing is that we get folks to turn out. I know I can count on you!