The Seafair Torchlight Parade returns to downtown Seattle on Saturday night

ByShannon J. Cortes

Jul 29, 2022

The Alaska Airlines Seafair Torchlight Parade will return to downtown Seattle on Saturday night.

The iconic event is one of many that have been put on hiatus during the pandemic.

If you can’t make it in person, KIRO 7 will stream the parade live starting at 7:30 p.m. on TV, online, and on our mobile apps and smart TVs.

Things kicked off Friday morning with a preview of what’s in store.

Parade floats, marching bands, dragon dancers, prancing horses and the Alaska Airlines drill team will take to the streets of downtown Seattle this weekend for the first time since 2019.

“We’re really excited to be back, you know it’s been a long two years,” said Sydace Jackson, Seafair’s director of marketing and communications.

The parade will start at the Seattle Center, go down Fourth Avenue and end at Spring Street.

“It’s over 80 units, you’re looking at almost 1,200 people and they’re probably going to take 5,000 steps along the parade route,” Jackson said.

This is the 12th year that the Alaska Airlines Drill Team has participated in the parade.

Orlando “Orly” Tercero has been dancing with the group for 10 years.

“I’m thrilled to be back on the beautiful streets of Seattle,” Tercero said.

All members of the drill crew are air hostesses.

The annual event is a fan favorite due to the cultural diversity and Pacific Northwest traditions it displays.

“I love that every community comes out to see it, so the sides of the street are lined with everyone who loves the city,” said this year’s King Neptune, Rich Gray.

The event is free, but reserved seats at the roadside and in the grandstand is available for purchase.