[Spokane, WA] – The Spokane Lilac Festival Association announces the award honorees of the 2023 Spokane Lilac Festival Armed Forces Torchlight Parade in the float, equestrian, and marching band categories.

The parade took place on Saturday evening, May 20, 2023. Judging took place throughout the day and during the parade.

Float Judging Results

Lilac Sweepstakes Award (Best Overall Community Float)
145 Freeman

Queen’s Award (Best in Population 500-2,000)

1st Place: Kalispel
2nd Place: Manson Apple Blossom
3rd Place: Tekoa

President’s Award (Best in Population 2,000-15,000)

1st Place: Prosser
2nd Place: Connell
3rd Place: Deer Park

Grand Marshall Award (Best in Population 15,000-700,000)

1st Place: Sunnyside
2nd Place: WA State Apple Blossom, Wenatchee
3rd Place: Capital Lake Fair, Olympia

Torchlight Awards (for Best Lighting)

1st Place: Sunnyside
2nd Place: Prosser
3rd Place: Kalispell

Richard Logerwell Memorial Community Award

Richard Logerwell Memorial Northwest Hosting Award
Capital Lakefair

Equestrian Awards

Royalty: Happy Canyon Indian Princess

Specialty: Ellensburg Posse

Community: US Border Patrol

Pooper Scooper: Ms Spokane Interstate Rodeo

Michael Dedmon Memorial Award of Excellence: Ms Spokane Interstate Rodeo

Evelyn Jones “Best Overall Equestrian”: Miss Cheney Rodeo

Marching Band Awards

The following schools earned “Lilac Gold Standard Awards” at the 2023 Armed Forces Torchlight Parade. The order is in alphabetical order 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.

Central Valley High School

Cheney High School Band

Deer Park / Riverside High Schools

East Valley High School

Ephrata High Schools

Ferris High School

John R Rogers High School

Lakeside High School

Lewis and Clark High School Band Cheer and Drill

Liberty High School

Mead High School

Medical Lake High School Band

Mercer Island High School Marching Band

Moses Lake High School Band

Mount Spokane High School Marching Band

Mountainside Middle School Band

North Central High School

Ridgeline High School

Shorewood High School Marching Band

University Cheer Team & High School Band

Wenatchee High School Golden Apple Band and Color Guard