A dear friend of mine mentioned that she never understood the term “summer fever” until she moved to Seattle. We’ll be doing our best in the coming weeks to deepen her understanding with parades all over town that will attract thousands of spectators ready to cheer on summer in Seattle. These parades are associated with Seafair, and if you want to see a full list of neighborhood and Seafair events, just click on this link.
On Wednesday, July 22, for the 59th year in a row, Greenwood will be holding a large and popular parade that wends its way south down Greenwood Avenue from North 95th Street to North 85th Street and then turns west and continues on 85th until it ends at 6th Avenue NW. The parade starts at 6:00 pm but people start claiming viewing spaces much earlier.
The Seafair Torchlight Parade, the biggest, baddest, grandaddy of parades in Seattle, takes over 4th Avenue in downtown on Saturday, July 25 starting at 7:30 pm. You’ll see “illuminated floats, precision drill teams, regional and international marching bands, skilled equestrian units, the Seattle Police Motorcycle Drill team and of course the fun-loving Seafair Clowns and Seafair Pirates,” but all that really only scratches the surface. Parade-goers start lining the 2.5 mile route early on Saturday, staking spots with chairs and coolers, so you might want to consider making a day of it.
Over in Magnolia there will be a Grand Parade on August 1 at 10:30 am that is a part of that neighborhood’s Magnolia Summer Festival.
Also on Saturday, August 1, a parade in Lake City begins just as the Lake City Summer Festival wraps up at 7:00 pm. This section of town has been celebrating summer since before Seafair became official and this will be the 67th annual festival celebrating Pioneer Days. They claim their parade, which makes its way down Lake City Way NE from NE 135th Street to NE 123rd Street, is “second only to Seafair’s in size.”
These parades feature city favorites like the Chinese Girls Drill Team and the Seafair Pirates, as well as floats from local businesses, marching bands, vintage cars and VIP’s. Definitely enough to keep you entertained and keep summer fever at a high pitch.
And if all this fun in town makes you want to get out of town, head over to Silverdale on Saturday, July 25 for their Whaling Days Festival and Street Fair and the Grand Parade that starts at 10:00 am.