Spokane Lilac Festival canceled for the second time in 82 years

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SPOKANE, Wash. — Event leaders have announced the Spokane Lilac Festival will be not be held this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to the event’s website, this is only the second time the festival has been canceled in 82 years.

“After many discussions and meetings with our local and state officials, it is clear that it is not feasible to hold the Festival in a safe manner, nor the type of Festival our wonderful community deserves and has come to expect,” Festival President Dan Verheul said. “Although we are very disappointed with the outcome of our 2020 Festival, we look forward with anticipation to the Spring of 2021 when we can resume our commitment to Honor our Military, Empower Our Youth and Showcase Our Region.”

A mini-parade led by the Spokane Police Department will still take place on Saturday at 2:30 p.m.

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