Following the cancellation of two back-to-back Lilac parades during the pandemic, organizers will hold a holiday-themed event on the streets of downtown Spokane on Saturday.
The parade will begin Saturday at 3:30 p.m. at the corner of Spokane Falls Boulevard and Washington Street, and will follow a path that includes Riverside and Main avenues before concluding just outside Spokane Town Hall. Attendees will include bands from local high schools, law enforcement agencies and representatives from Fairchild Air Force Base.
Father Christmas himself will bring up the rear. He will then proceed to River Park Square, where the Christmas tree will be lit at 5:30 pm Santa will also begin welcoming visitors at that time.
River Park Square is owned by Cowles Co., which also publishes The Spokesman-Review.
Fireworks will follow at 6:00 p.m. in Kendall Yards. Visitors to the city center should be informed of road closures and additional traffic on Saturday.
Volunteers will collect donations for the Toys for Tots charity at stops along the parade route.
The Spokane Lilac Festival Association is looking for donors to provide space to repair and store floats for events throughout the year, the association announced in October. Donations can be made at spokanelilacfestival.org.
The 84th Annual Lilac Festival Torchlight Parade is scheduled for May 21.