Published on : Thursday, April 9, 2020
Every spring time, the annual Daffodil Festival and Parade brings the citizens of Washington’s Pierce County together, but for the first time since Second World War, festivities have been cancelled due to coronavirus or COVID 19 concerns.
For the Annual Spring Daffodil Festival and Parade’s 23 princesses, it was especially heartbreaking news because they are also high school seniors that are already missing out on prom and graduation.
Princess Nathalie said that they were very devastated, First, the parade was going to be canceled and we had some hope that we’d go back to school and this will all be settled, but then we found out school was going to be canceled and so it was very sad, So the girls took to Instagram and Facebook to bring Parade Week virtually, celebrating with activities and events the community can do from home. They held a Princess Dance Party, Float competition, draw with a princess day, and read with a princess day.
With no parade, this year’s theme of “Honoring the Past” was very fitting as festival organizers asked parade-goers to look back at past parades and post photos and videos of their favorite memories.
Princess Nathalie says being a princess means being a role model, and bringing hope and encouragement to her community.
Soon they are going to be able to hug our grandparents and see their family, and have summer BBQ’s and hang out again, so she guessed don’t give up hope because they will get there.
Knutson Farms in Sumner provides half a million daffodils to the parade every year and they took a financial hit this year, but they are still in good spirits, saying there is always next year.