Honoring Our Military, Empowering Our Youth, Showcasing Our Region

The 2018 80th Annual Spokane Lilac Festival Is In The Books!

We want to thank you all in the Spokane Community for your support and making our 80th Birthday such a success!
See you next year, May 13th-May 18th, 2019!

2018 Armed Forces Torchlight Parade Top Award Winners


Float Judging Results

Lilac Sweepstakes Award (Best Overall Community Float)

Chewelah Community Float – Chewelah, WA

Queen’s Award (Best in Population 100-1,000)

Slippery Gulch Celebration – Tekoa, WA

Princess’ Award (Best in Population 1,000-2,000)

Oroville May Festival – Oroville, WA

President’s Award (Best in Population 2,000-12,000)

Connell Community Float – Connell, WA

Grand Marshal Award (Best in Population 12,000-700,000)

Sunnyside Community Float – Sunnyside, WA

Equestrian Winners


Miss Spokane Interstate Rodeo


Pendleton Round Up


Blue Mountain Riders

Pooper Scooper

Palouse Empire Rodeo

Michael Dedmon Memorial Award of Excellence

Omak Stampede

Evelyn Jones “Best Overall Equestrian”

Benton Franklin Fair & Horse Heaven Round Up Rodeo

Band Winners

The following schools earned “Lilac Gold Standard Awards” at the 2018 Lilac Parade.  The order is the order they marched in the parade and does not represent a hierarchy. The Lilac Gold Standard represents a high level of excellence.  All bands in the parade, regardless of school or band size are eligible for this award.  They are chosen by two expert band adjudicators.

Freeman High School

Central Valley High School

Ferris High School

Prosser High School

North Central High School

Shadle Park High School

Lewis & Clark High School

Colville High School

Medical Lake High School

Marysville High School

Olympic View Middle School

Mt. Spokane High School

Rearden-Edwall High School

East Valley High School

Rogers High School

University High School

Lakeside High School

Mead High School

West Valley High School

Cheney High School

Mariachi Del Sol – Sunnyside

Riverside/Deer Park High School


Nancy Cole

2018 President

On behalf of the Spokane Lilac Festival Association,

It is our honor to welcome you to our website. We hope you will find the information you are seeking that will answer your questions and familiarize you with our 80 year-old community service organization. The 2018 theme is “Swing Into Spokane.”   Our mission statement is “Honoring Our Military, Empowering Our Youth, and Showcasing Our Region.” This year, we will shine a spotlight on all things Spokane that make Spokane the great community it is.

I am honored to be the Lilac President for 2018. Throughout the year, we will take part and host many celebrations, culminating with the largest armed forces torchlight parade in the nation on the third Saturday in May.

Come Swing Into Spokane with us….either as a volunteer, as a parade participant, or a supporter—we welcome you to the Lilac family!!!


Lilac Festival Theme Pins