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Seafair Torchlight Parade 2024

The great culmination in a long series of Seafair summertime celebrations

Dates: July 27, 2024

Seafair Torchlight Parade
Seafair Torchlight Parade
Seafair Torchlight Parade
Seafair Torchlight Parade

Seafair, one of the oldest festivals in Seattle, celebrates everything about water sports, culminating in the highly anticipated and densely attended Torchlight Parade. The parade dates back to Seattle's centennial celebration in 1950. It is usually held on the last Saturday of July or the first Saturday of August. It starts in the evening, and participants carry not only torches but all kinds of luminescent devices. The parade attracts over 300,000 people each year.

Parade Highlights & Schedule

This year, at 1:00 pm, the festivities kick off at Westlake Center, inviting attendees to immerse themselves in a vibrant festival atmosphere filled with live entertainment, tempting food trucks, and various activities to enjoy. Then, at 3:00 pm, the eagerly awaited parade commences, boasting an impressive lineup of over 100 units, which include beloved sports teams and majestic military bands, all contributing to the excitement and spectacle of the event. The parade highlights various communities from the Seattle area, a diverse cultural landscape including Sikhs of Washington and others.

Entrance & Parking

Parade viewing is free to the public with an option of reserved seating for $25–$70. The event's parking is convenient, with free access to Amazon parking garages at 2127 6th Ave (6th and Blanchard) and the Doppler Garage at 2000 6th Ave (6th and Virginia). Alternatively, attendees can opt for Grandstand Seating, including Pacific Place parking. For those commuting, the light rail to Westlake or the monorail to Seattle Center provide easy access to the start line. Additionally, parking spots can be found along 4th Ave around the Westlake Park area.

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Authors: Mariia Myshok