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73rd Annual Lilac Festival Today! Here's Everything You Need To Know

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SPOKANE, Wash. The 73rd Annual "Ignite the Spirit of America" Spokane Lilac Festival is today! Due to the anticipated congestion of downtown Spokane throughout the weekend, the Spokane Lilac Festival Association recommends planning accordingly by leaving extra time for parking and transportation. The public is encouraged to utilize public transportation options if possible.

Saturday, May 21

8:00 a.m.         Float Viewing on Fourth Avenue at Jefferson, under the freeway. See all the visiting floats as they set up and prepare for the Parade. Free.

9:00 a.m.         Check-in for participants of the Cruzin' the Falls Car Show.

10:00 a.m.       Cruzin' the Falls Car Show along Spokane Falls Blvd. Free music & entertainment until 5:30 p.m.

3:00 p.m.        Marketing trailer on Main and Washington opens. Bleacher seats and commemorative pins will be available for purchase.

6:00 p.m.        Cruzin' the Falls Car Show participants cruise parade route.

7:45 p.m.        The 73rd Annual Spokane Lilac Festival Armed Forces Parade with over 200 Military, Equestrian, Marching Bands, Floats, and specialty units. Free.

Lodging for out of town guests:

The Host Hotel for the Spokane Lilac Festival is the Historic Davenport Hotel and Tower. Please reserve rooms on our website at www.spokanelilacfestival.org.

 Handicap accessibility:

The attached parade map indicates (limited) handicap-accessible seating at Riverside and Washington. This area will be clearly marked and volunteers will be on hand to provide assistance. Those accompanying individuals with disabilities must bring their own seating. Handicap parking is first come first serve. There will be handicap-accessible outdoor restroom facilities set up at Riverside and Washington.

Downtown public parking restrictions:

8:00 a.m.         Spokane Falls Blvd from Stevens to Post and Howard between Main and Spokane Falls Blvd streets will be closed.

9:00 a.m. Spokane Falls Boulevard between Washington and Post will close until after the parade. River Park Square will be open but the entrance from Spokane Falls Boulevard will not be accessible. Drivers will need to use the Post Street entrance.

10:00 a.m. Wall Street from Spokane Falls Blvd to Main Street will be barricaded.

4:00 p.m. All other parade route streets and staging area will be blocked. The perimeter of the parade will close. Parking access will be restricted from Spokane Falls Blvd from Stevens to Post, Howard from Spokane Falls Blvd to Main, Washington from Spokane Falls Blvd to Main, and First and Sprague between Post and Lincoln (by the Davenport Hotel) parking meters will be bagged Friday evening and marked "No Parking". All other meters along the parade route will be bagged Saturday morning and will state, "No Parking after 4 p.m." Cars left in the area at meters marked "No parking after 4 p.m." will be towed.

The Spokane Lilac Festival Association is a non-profit 501(c) 3 organization whose mission is to honor our military, nurture our youth and promote the Spokane region through ambassador outreach. The Spokane Lilac Festival also hosts the largest Armed Forces Torchlight Parade in the Nation, celebrating 73 years of tradition. For more information please visit www.SpokaneLilacFestival.org.

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