West Seattle Grand Parade 2015, report #4: The royalty

Continuing our photo coverage of Saturday’s West Seattle Grand Parade:

The Seafair participants in the parade always include the Scholarship Program for Women contenders, and this year they include Lorelei McFadden (above), last year’s West Seattle Hi-Yu Senior Court Queen. She’s in the running to become the 66th Miss Seafair; the winner will be announced Tuesday night. This year’s Hi-Yu royalty, of course, rode in the parade on their “Around the Sound” float:

Before the parade, local and visiting royalty enjoyed breakfast at Brookdale Admiral Heights, which was invaded for the occasion by the Seafair Pirates, who snagged a photo-op outside with the reigning Miss Seattle, Taryn Smith, a 2015 graduate of West Seattle High School:

And away from the buffet table at breakfast, we found out what a pirate really does before getting down to a day of plundering, pillaging, and parading:

(Thanks to Anne Weglin at Brookdale for the pirates-and-princesses tip.) More parade photos to come – here’s what we’ve published so far:

*2015 parade report #3: Rotary Kiddie Parade
*2015 parade report #2: The winners
*2015 parade report #1: First look

4 Replies to "West Seattle Grand Parade 2015, report #4: The royalty"

  • Northwest July 19, 2015 (6:34 pm)

    I am from here but when I attend a parade you know what I do? Slap my hands together a lot and cheer those on working so hard during the parade and more importantly throughout the year in their own endeavors volunteering and serving the greater community. I realized after attending a HiYu parade in downtown seattle than taking a bus home over hearing a woman from the east coast talking how uninvolved and stoic we are here during parades her experience living here over the years in comparison to areas of northern east coast. What’s your take on that?

  • WSB July 20, 2015 (9:52 am)

    Good point! Not much applause. I used to applaud but that was before covering the parade (which requires juggling three cameras – phone, video, still – and the laptop – had to commandeer the bus bench in front of West Coast Entertainment for that). Many of the entries are low-key, too, though. Except, oh, say, All-City Band! – TR

  • G July 20, 2015 (10:45 am)

    Lack of spontaneity here makes stolid New England folks look like free spirits.

  • Northwest July 20, 2015 (5:41 pm)

    The pictures ,thanks for posting them wsb, speak for themselves if you take a minute and look over most of them. I am gonna cheer them on at the international district parade this summer I know that!

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