Seafair: Torchlight Parade

dfinney @dfinneyAugust 2019 · 3 min read

In my post last weekend I mentioned the possibility of attending a parade Saturday evening.

Well, it happened! 😃


Start of the Seafair Torchlight Parade.


The Seafair Festival is THE signature summer event in the greater Seattle metropolitan area. The festival began in 1950 and serves as a celebration of both the area’s maritime connection and our region’s cultural diversity. According to the Seafair website:

The annual non-profit festival spans ten weeks and touches more than two million people through 75 sanctioned events.

Seafair is committed to uniting and celebrating all of Seattle’s diverse communities by offering affordable fun and activities where differences are welcomed, and every individual feels a sense of belonging to make memories that last a lifetime.

Seafair is comprised of eight signature events. These include:

  • Seafair Summer 4th
  • Seafair Pirates Landing
  • Milk Carton Derby
  • Seafair Triathlon & Kids Triathlon
  • Seafair Torchlight Parade and Fanfest
  • Torchlight 5K & 8K Run
  • Seafair Fleet Week
  • Seafair Weekend Festival

I have attended at least one Seafair event every year of my life. (Except during those Australian years when I moved away for a time. 😄) In 2007, I was even offered a job at Seafair! This was a dream come true for a company I had ALWAYS wanted to work! But dumb me accepted a job at my current work for higher pay and more stability! 😭😭😭 #regrets. At the time we had just moved back to the States and the hours for the job would have been intense. I was focused on quality time with my family and friends... so let the opportunity pass. It still bums me out though.

ANYWAY... ☺️

My husband was gifted reserved seating tickets for the Torchlight Parade from his work. With tickets in hand, we headed into the city and claimed our spot on the parade route.




Pre parade views along Seattle’s 4th Avenue.

Torchlight is an evening parade. It begins at dusk and continues well into the night. There was some kind of delay this year which set the parade back 30 minutes in schedule. So the first marchers didn’t pass our position until about 8pm. The darkness is fun, because as the parade progresses everything is lit up with twinkle lights.

The parade features a vast sampling of marchers. Different ethnic communities displayed their costumes, local community queens and princesses rode past on floats, there were pirates, clowns, marching bands, hydroplanes, balloon floats, local dignitaries, military personal, bagpipes and professional athletic teams.

Here is a sampling of the parade’s various participants.


The Seattle Police Department Precision Motorbike Team


Representatives of the armed services.


A zamboni representing the city’s new ice hockey franchise.


Indigenous people of the Pacific Northwest


Boeing employees

Seattle Public High School’s All City Marching Band


Seattle, WA Korean Association


Clockwise, left to right: Sikhs of Washington, Seattle Seahawks dance squad, a Thai dance company and Miss Seafair 2019


NFL Seattle Seahawks Mascot


Wearing Mexican dress and riding a horse.


Chinese Dragon





African American Drill and Drum Corp

We ended up only staying for HALF of the parade! Empty bellies and cool temperatures tempted us back to the car. However, you can see we saw a lot during out limited time downtown.

This year marked the 70th year of the Seafair Festival!!!

If you find yourself in Seattle one July or August, I would definitely recommend checking out one of Seafair’s signature events.

All photos and videos taken by me with an iPhone 7, July 29, 2019

Proud Member of:

steemsugars, steemusa, teamaustralia and steemsilvergold






Share this post

Post Location

Written by


You have received 5x upvotes from the members of @steemexplorers from your free link submission in our discord server. Steemexplorers is an initiative bringing information on various Steemit services and communities in a central discord to save you time and help you grow. It's free, it's easy, and it's here to help you in so many ways. Come by our discord to learn more! Link to Discord: Our team also offers an additional upvoting service called @givememonsters where you can presently trade in 1 to 10 DEC from the Steem Monsters game for up to $0.03 upvotes on ANY steemit posts. The vote purchasing value here is some of the best returns on your investments that you can find anywhere so come by and visit this service today!


You got voted by @curationkiwi thanks to dfinney! This bot is managed by KiwiJuce3 and run by Rishi556, you can check both of them out there. To receive upvotes on your own posts, you need to join the Kiwi Co. Discord and go to the room named #CurationKiwi. Submit your post there using the command "!upvote (post link)" to receive upvotes on your post. CurationKiwi is currently supported by donations from users like you, so feel free to leave an upvote on our posts or comments to support us!
We have also recently added a new whitelist feature for those who would like to support CurationKiwi even more! If you would like to receive upvotes more than 2x greater than the normal upvote, all you need to do is delegate 50 SP to @CurationKiwi using this link.


That was only half?! What a giant parade! Looks like there was some really cool stuff😀

dfinney @dfinneyAugust 2019

The whole thing takes at least 2 hours. 😂🤣 it is massive. I have no idea how much of it we missed by leaving. And I will clarify it was my husband who was ready to leave and not me!! 😂


Looks like a great time! I'm digging the Alaska airplane.

dfinney @dfinneyAugust 2019

I don’t want to put ideas into your head.... and don’t tell anyone you heard it from me.... but....

The Alaska airplane digs you too! 😍


Ahh.... so much fun!!! The spouses that have fun together, stays together!!! Does he do steemit, too? Yeah... I noticed that the first photos were taken while the sun was up, and the last photo was in the evening. It must have been a loooong parade, @dfinney!

dfinney @dfinneyAugust 2019

Oh he is not on steemit! Steemit confuses him. 😂🤣


Hehehe... I am still confused with steemit 😂🤣!


I forgot to mention, when I was in town last week I saw a duck boat deck out like a pirate ship with about 20 swashbuckling pirates about. Yeah, it was just driving down the street! 😂😂😂☠️

dfinney @dfinneyAugust 2019

Seafair Pirates in the wild?!!!!
Now that could have been a Pirate Sunday post! 😉😄


What awesoem shots of the parade so cool you got good seats to see it through your hubbys work

Thanks for being an active Member of SteemUSA !tip

dfinney @dfinneyAugust 2019

Seats were great! So much better than having to camp out on the sidewalk for hours with a blanket!

Hope you have a fun weekend ahead!


Ohh yeah I am getting to old for the camping out to get a good spot LOl

so far the weekend has started well I hope yours is going well