Seafair Torchlight Parade

July 28, 2012 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Downtown Seattle/4th Ave.

The Seafair Torchlight Parade kicks off on 4th Avenue in downtown Seattle on Saturday, July 28th at 7:30 pm. The parade line-up includes over 110 entries, such as giant helium balloons, drill teams, equestrian units, clowns, pirates, and live music. Tickets range from $20-50. For more info, see the official website. Here’s the full running order:

Presiding over Torchlight Night will be Grand Marshal and Musician Duff McKagan, a rock and roll hall-of-fame inductee who hails from Seattle. McKagan has played in more than 30 rock bands – including his 13-year tenure as a founding member and the bassist of heavy metal group Guns n’ Roses. Duff co-founded the band Velvet Revolver and is the leader of Seattle’s Loaded. He attended Seattle University’s Albers School of Business in 2000 to attain his accounting degree and later launched a wealth management firm for musicians. An avid writer, Duff has authored his own book (“It’s So Easy: and Other Lies” – an autobiography), and has a column on Seattle Weekly’s Reverb. Duff loves Seafair, and remains very involved in the Seattle community.

The following is a list of all units featured in the 2012 Alaska Airlines Seafair Torchlight Parade in the order of their appearance:
Seattle Police Motorcycle Drill Team: Prelude
Western Washington Hyundai Dealers Pace Car
Opening Banner with Seafair Ambassadors
Joint Service Color Guard
Alaska Airlines Float
Alaska Airlines Flight Attendant Drill Team
Grand Marshal Duff McKagan
Charros Latinos de Washington
South Park Community Float
Kennedy High School Marching Band
King County Executive Dow Constantine
Rapid Ride King County Transit
Coalition of Filipino American Organization of WA
FYA Drill Team
University of Washington Cheer & Varsity-Alumni Band
King County Sheriff Steve Strachan
King County Sherriff’s Honor Guard
King County Posse
City of Kelowna Spirit of the Lake Float
Highlander’s Drill Team
KIRO 7 Eyewitness News & Vintage Hydroplane
Sumner High School Marching Band
American Family Insurance Car Balloon
Marysville Community Float
Albert Lee Cup Mini Wooden Hydroplanes
Kobe Sister City Dignitaries
Kobe Sister City Delegation
West Seattle Hi-Yu Float
BECU Pirate Balloon
North Queens Drill Team
Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn
Sunnyside Community Float
Seattle Police Chief John Diaz
Seattle Police Pipes & Drums
Zillah Community Float
Pacific Alliance Drum Corps
Washington State Autumn Leaf Festival
The Gunslingers Drill Team
Seattle Fire Department & Fire Chief Gregory Dean
Seattle Fire Department Pipes & Drums
Sequim Community Float
Tacoma Lariettes
Cashmere Community Float
Boeing Salutes the Military Banner
U.S. Army – Lieutenant General Robert B. Brown
56 State & Territorial Flags
56th Army Band
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers – Colonel Bruce Estok
Boeing Air Show Blue Angels Balloon
Seafair Fleet Week and Boeing Maritime Celebration
U.S. Navy – Rear Admiral Select Markham Rich
Navy Band Northwest
Penticton Peach Festival Float
Chinese Community Girls Drill Team (Celebrating 60 years)
Seattle Chinatown Dragon Team (The year of the Dragon)
1971 Fire Engine & Burned Children’s Foundation
Vietnamese Community Float
Sounders FC Sound Wave Band
Seafair Board Chair MG James Collins
Sikhs of Washington
U.S. Air Force 62nd Airlift Wing – Colonel Wyn Elder
Wells Fargo Stage Coach
Alaska Airlines Spirit Wagon & Employee Wand Team
Ballard Eagles Drill Team
Talking Rain Balloon (The company is celebrating 25 years)
Seattle Seafair Clowns
Cowichan Lake B.C. Float
Northside Drill Team & Drum Squad
Falun Dafa Association of Washington
All-Star Drum Line
U.S. Coast Guard – Rear Admiral Keith Taylor
13th Coast Guard District – National Flag
Sweet Mahogany Drill Team
Holland America Orca Balloon
Tulalip Resort Casino Float
Kau-Lio Pau Riders Equestrian Riders “Colors of Hawaii”
The Beat Goes On Marching Band (Featuring Robert Fulghum, the author of “All I Really Need to Know I Learned from Kindergarten”)
Wenatchee Apple Blossom Festival
Electronettes Hi-Steppers Drill Team
Seafair King Neptune Slick Watts & Queen Alcyone Sue Rahr
Seattle Seafair Commodores
2012 Miss Seafair
2012 Scholarship Program Participants
First Student Community Bus
Ellensburg Rodeo Posse & Royal Court
Royal Rosarians Float (Celebrating 100 years)
Alaska Airlines Air Cargo Unit
Alaska Airlines Airplane Balloon
U.S. Marine Corps – Captain William Nelson
Seahawks Blue Thunder
Seahawks Helmet and Sea Gals
Puyallup Fair
Seattle Schools All-City Band
Seattle Seafair Pirates
76 Antique Tanker Truck
Far Away Galaxy Star Wars Characters
Washington National Guard – Colonel Michael Weitzel
Ezell’s Famous chicken
Mason County Forest Festival Float
The Dolls and Gents Drill Team & Drumline
Port Orchard Fathoms O’ Fun Float
Tibetan Association of Washington
Pacific Northwest Drumline
Daffodil Festival Float
Washington State Korean Association (Celebrating 45 years and featuring performers from the Beijing Olympics)
Lake City Western Vigilantes
Seafair Boat Club Commodore – Ryan McTaggart
Albert Lee Cup Hydroplane Banner
U-21 Albert Lee Cup Hydroplane
U-7 Graham Trucking Hydroplane
F1 PROP Tour Boat
Lincoln Towing Pink Tow Truck

2 Replies to "Seafair Torchlight Parade "

  • Ric Gearhart July 20, 2017 (4:06 pm)

      My name is Ric Gearhart, and I am with the Ellensburg Rodeo Posse. 

      Can you tell me what our line up number is, and when can we expect our parade packet, or a email address to go to and find out this info.

    Thank You

    Ric Gearhart 

  • Kathy July 20, 2017 (5:20 pm)

    Ric, this article is about the parade 5 years ago.

    To contact event organizers, you should see this web page:

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