|Me, Auntie and Hailey|
Now, Spokane is known as the lilac city. We even have our own lilac gardens. While I lived 50 plus years in Spokane, I had never been to the gardens when it was blooming. While more than 50,000 runners streamed through downtown Spokane with a couple hundred spectators we skirted around the congested mess and head out to the gardens to smell the flowers.
|Auntie amidst the blooms|
Each year the Lilac Festival includes the Bloomsday Fun Run (97.4 miles long), followed later in the week by 2 parades. The Junior Lilac Parade with includes all the bands and marching units of the local middle schools and the Lilac Parade that includes all of the local High School from around Central and Eastern Washington which celebrates the local Military Units both past and present. Hailey of course played her clarinet and marched in the Lilac Parade. I did not get pictures this year as we had a huge storm for hours before the parade and resulted in more than 3 inches of rain halting about 15 minutes before the parade started. Even the Budweiser Clydesdale horses remained in their trailers throughout the parade course.
But the show must go on......the parade marched on....the kids got wet.
There are lots of blooms, blooming in Spokane. The lilacs are by far my favorite and a favorite of the city of Spokane.