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Editorial: A happy return

It’s always been a sign of the advent of spring. This year, it’s also a sign of something else.

The Gloucester Daffodil Festival returns this weekend and it’s the first year the festival is back in full force following COVID-19. The Daffodil Festival Committee tried to keep it going, in spirit if not in practice, in 2020 and 2021.

That first year was especially tough; it was just a month after the entire world shut down. Like much of the rest of the world, the 2020 Daffodil Festival was held virtually. They gave it a valiant try, but as we soon discovered in many aspects of our lives, there are just some things that need to be face-to-face. Some of the best things about events like the Daffodil Festival include strolling among the vendors, cheering on the parade, enjoying the food and catching up with old friends.

The 2021 festival was a little more like years past … but not quite. The modified festival was back to being an in-person event, but there was no parade, and attend...

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