Daffodil Marine Festival and Parade


Spring is here! And, with spring comes daffodils and the Daffodil Marine Festival and Parade, which is hosted and put on by the Tacoma Yacht Club. This annual event started in 1952 and 66 years later it is still going strong. This very popular event fills up the basin with over 300 boats, and more than half of those are visiting boats. The parade is open to anyone registered with a yacht club and approximately 35 boats participate. Trophies will be awarded, including a Daffodil Princesses Choice Award.

This year’s theme is “Traditions in Bloom.”

Grand Parade is Sunday April 15, 2018 at 11:30 a.m.

The Daffodil Marine Festival runs April 13, 14 and 15.

 Tacoma Yacht Club Daffodil Boat Parade.

Photo courtesy of Tacoma Yacht Club.

Daffodil Marine Festival and Parade – April 20 to April 23

There are festivities throughout the weekend. Some highlights include:

  • Daffodil Boat Parade
  • Daffodil Boat Parade Judging
  • Awards Ceremony – See a list of parade judging criteria.
  • Live Music
  • Costume Contest (“Rockabilly” theme)
  • Trivia Contest
  • More Music and Dancing
  • Flag Ceremony

The weekend is busy and if you plan to go we suggest making arrangements now. Registration is required for participating boats and not participating boats. The cutoff date is March 16, 2018.

For more information on weekend highlights or how to be part of the boat parade, visit the Tacoma Yacht Club Daffodil Marine Festival.

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