Lilac Festival offers sneak peek at their Armed Forces Torchlight Parade float

It’s the largest Armed Forces Torchlight Parade in the country, and it happens in Spokane Saturday, May 19 to end the Lilac Festival.

Close to 20 floats will be joining members of the armed forces, musicians, dancers and local organizations for the parade.

The Lilac Festival gave us a sneak peek at the float they’ve been working on for a year now, that will seat the Lilac Princesses and Queen.

The designer of the float, Mike Moore said the idea was to create a secret garden to go along with the ‘Swinging in to Spokane’ theme.

“The theme being ‘Swing in to Spokane,’ each of the girls is in a lawn swing in the secret garden,” said Moore.

The back of the float has a large version of the commemorative button, featuring some of Spokane’s most beloved events.

The parade starts at 7:45 p.m. Saturday. Many attendees choose to line the sidewalks with lawn chairs earlier in the day. Bleacher seats are also available for purchase.

The parade route covers much of downtown Spokane. Moore advises parking a short distance away from the downtown area and walking to avoid heavy traffic and closures.