In case you were watching the Seafair Torchlight Parade on TV and missed the West Seattle Hi-Yu float because, we’re told, they went to a commercial break – here you go. This year, they were fairly close to the top of the running order, so it wasn’t even dark yet when Queen Kayli, Junior Queen Thea, and Junior Princesses Elena and Amanda passed by our spot in the photography zone close to the TV cameras and bleachers at Westlake.
West Seattle’s neighbor South Park was represented too:
Ahead – the West Seattleite-led All-City Band, for starters:
That’s the Seattle All-City Marching Band, directed by Marcus Pimpleton, of Denny International Middle School and Chief Sealth International Middle School, with lots of West Seattle-area students in its ranks. And there is one more video clip we have to include, though it has no West Seattle tie that we know of – the Alaska Airlines drill team:
They were just a hoot. Though we were at the parade primarily to grab some video, we caught a couple more scenes of note via iPhone:
West Seattle-residing King County Executive Dow Constantine was among the parade-riding VIPs; we snapped as TV anchor Steve Raible stopped him for an interview. Later in the parade, the Seafair Clowns paid tribute to the late J.P. Patches:
Earlier in the day, they had led a “Moment of Laughter” in his memory at Seattle Center.
One other note: Kelsey Bills represented Hi-Yu during the Seafair Coronation just before the parade. While three other women were chosen as Miss Seafair and 1st/2nd princesses for this year, Kelsey won a big honor earlier in the week – the “Spirit of Seafair Award” given during the Princesses’ Banquet at Salty’s last Tuesday.