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SkyFest, Junior Lilac Parade go back to in-person events this weekend

Courtesy of Fairchild Air Force Base

The two events highlight a big weekend in Spokane, weather willing.

Spokane is home this weekend to two big in-person events that are returning after Covid-related interruptions.

On Saturday, middle school bands and drill teams will march through downtown Spokane for the annual Junior Lilac Parade.

“The Junior Lilac Parade has existed in Spokane, we’ve narrowed it down between 1930 and 1960, is when it started. As of what we know, it is the oldest parade dedicated to middle schoolers in the entire world, let alone the United States," said Catherine Howell, the president of the Spokane Roteract Club, which sponsors the parade. She spoke Monday at the city council meeting.

The parade, weather willing, will begin at noon.

At Fairchild Air Force Base, it’s Skyfest weekend, a celebration of 80 years of the military’s air presence in Spokane.

The Air Force Thunderbirds are scheduled to fly at 3:15 both Saturday and Sunday afternoons, if weather allows. Many other military aircraft will fly before them, beginning at noon. Planes will also be parked on the tarmac for people to tour.

The gates open at 9 am both days. The event is free, though people can buy special passes to get good seats to view the fly-bys.

The Air Force is limiting what you can bring with you onto the base. Go to to see what’s allowed and what’s not.

One of the Northwest's most seasoned reporters is returning to his SPR roots. Doug Nadvornick will be heard frequently on KPBX and KSFC reporting on local news.