SPOKANE, Wash. - Most little girls dream about becoming a princess, but when you grow up in Spokane, that dream is shaded in lilac.
Hannah Allen went from going to the parades to being in the parade when she was selected as a 2012 Lilac Princess, representing University High School.
Twenty-eight years earlier, back in 1984, it was her mother, Carrie Allen, getting that news when she was crowned a Lilac Princess, representing Central Valley High School.
Hannah's reign just ended in January. During her year as Lilac Princess, she traveled to China, worked with the Air Force base, and encouraged people in retirement homes and hospitals.
While the hairstyles and fashions have certainly changed over the decades, the spirit of the Lilac Festival and what it embodies never will.
Don't be surprised if, in another 28 years, we're talking about generation number three.
Hannah doesn't have any official lilac responsibilities this year, but she will be attending a few of the events, and is cheering on the 2013 Royal Court.