The Meriden Daffodil Festival began as a community event 36 years ago and has grown into one of Connecticut’s premier celebrations. With food, crafts, music, fireworks, amusements and a parade that has to be seen to be believed, the Daffodil Festival is a springtime funfest for old and young, couples and singles, families and friends.
We urge readers to visit daffodilfest.com and myrecordjournal.com for complete festival (and pre-festival) information and coverage. As the former website notes:
Held each year the last week in April (with pre-festival events the weekend before), this Meriden signature festival will celebrate its 36th year in 2014 (on April 26-27) with “food, flowers, fireworks and fun.” The staging of the festival each year involves 300 volunteers, and 3,000 people march in its “Daffodils on Parade,” including local residents and school children. Amidst the 650,000 blooming daffodils in Hubbard Park, the visitor can enjoy an arts and crafts sale, the crowning of Little Miss Daffodil, a carnival with Ferris wheel, merry-go-round, giant slide, pony rides, miniature train, and “Meriden’s Silver Fork,” the food tent that houses 50 food vendors all from community non-profit agencies, each selling at least one unique food item. Saturday night is capped by a spectacular fireworks display, said to be one of the best in New England. The event attracts over 100,000 spectators annually.
Details of free parking and continuous shuttle buses will be posted. Be sure to check to make sure of times you’d like to go, where to park and where to catch a bus. There will be signs, of course, but you should also check out the websites mentioned above which will carry up-to-date news about this year’s festival. Last year’s festival was a splendid occasion for the city of Meriden. We hope that in 2014, our city receives fine weather for both pre-festival and festival weekends. It will be an occasion to remember and to celebrate the colorfully vivid, joyous arrival of spring.