About This Event

The resplendent annual Armed Forces Torchlight Parade is a mesmerizing procession featuring school bands, cheer and drill teams, regional festivals, community organizations, different cultures, and the proud military units of the Inland Northwest.

Inspired by the audacity of the City of Spokane in 1974 to be the smallest city ever to host a World’s Fair, the 2024 Lilac Festival theme is a call to action to every visionary who wouldn’t take “no” for an answer. The Spokane Lilac Festival Association honors the individuals and organizations who – through gumption, grit and verve – pursued something greater than themselves. Fifty years later our community continues to exceed expectations, building on the legacies of those who came before and passing the mantle to a new generation. We invite the region to join us for the 86th Annual Spokane Lilac Festival as we celebrate all who “Dare to Dream.”

2024 Grand Marshal: NASA Astronaut, U.S. Army Colonel, and Spokane native Anne McClain

Honorary Grand Marshals, the family of the Father of Expo 74, King Cole: Bruce Cole, Ellen Cole, Joan Cole-Duffel, Mary Cole, Nancy Cole, Marty Cole, Lisa Cole Taylor, John Cole

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