What’s Hot: Seafair Torchlight Parade

Photo by Angela Brown

Jolly clowns, boisterous pirates and perfectly choreographed drill teams will march the streets of downtown Seattle as giant helium-filled balloons line their path.The 63rd annual Seafair Torchlight Parade is an all-day extravaganza perfect for Seattleites of all ages.

Before the legendary evening parade, come see rising Disney stars Coco Jones and Jack Skuller perform toe-tapping tunes, parooze interactive booths offering a variety of prizes, samples and giveaways, and check out a  float display on Mercer Street that will be enough to make anyone giddy with excitement.

Photo by Angela Brown

If you prefer rock-and-roll to Disney pop, Former Guns n’ Roses bassist and Seattle native Duff McKagan has been named the Grand Marshal of the Torchlight Parade and will be officially knighted by Seafair royalty the night of the parade.

The Torchlight event brings together all of Seattle in a celebration of tradition, making the night magical for Seattleites and visitors alike.  The production attracts more than 300,000 on-site visitors and up to 700,000 television viewers, making it the largest parade in the Northwest.

When:  Saturday, July 28; Torchlight Spectacular from 2-6 p.m.;  Torchlight Parade begins at 7 p.m.

Where: Seattle Center/4th Avenue/Downtown Seattle; Map of parade route can be viewed here.

How Much: Ticket prices vary; 4th Avenue Bleachers, $40; Westlake Bleachers (near Starbucks), $30; Start Line Bleachers (near Fischer Plaza), $30; VIP Grandstand, $40; Westlake Promenade Seats, $50.