A look at tonight’s Armed Forces Torchlight Parade route

A look at tonight’s Armed Forces Torchlight Parade route

The Armed Forces Torchlight Parade, in coordination with the Spokane Lilac Festival, takes place in downtown Spokane tonight, and with any parade comes street closures.

The parade starts at 7:45 on Washington St. and will last for about two hours, during which the course will wind up through First Ave, Sprague, Riverside, and Main, eventually ending at the intersection of Spokane Falls Blvd and Post St.

That means portions of each of those streets will be closed. You can get a look at the full parade route here.

As far as parking is concerned, last-minute searching is the last thing you’ll want to do. If your car is parked along the parade route, or the staging areas, you could risk having it towed. There are no designated parking lots for the event, but the Spokane Transit Authority will have special stops for those looking to check out the parade and don’t want to stress about parking.

It is expected to be a dry evening, which made organizers quite pleased, but rain or shine they were excited for yet another year of festivities.

“Its always a great day when its a parade day,” said former Lilac Festival President Richard Logerwell. “We are the largest armed forces torchlight parade in the nation and we’ve been doing it for 81 years.”

He says this year, Spokane’s float was designed with the theme ‘we are Spokane’ and it included a sparkling Riverfront Park clock tower.

“We start on the float in January, and work on it on Saturday,” he said, “this year we have about a thousand hours into it.”

He notes that floats come from around the region as far as Whitefish Montana and the West side.

“I think this parade is a vital part of Spokane,” he said.

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