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Alaska Airlines Seafair Torchlight Parade

Date: July 29, 2017

Each year on one magical summer night, thousands of spectators gather to watch as more than 100 parade units march, float and dance in celebration of Seattle. Now in its 68th year, the Alaska Airlines Seafair Torchlight Parade offers something for everyone. Whether you’re a child, child-at-heart or somewhere in between, we guarantee memories of entertainment to last a lifetime.

This event is free and open to the public, with reserved seating available for purchase.

Torchlight Fanfest

You don’t have to wait for the parade to start to have fun with Seafair! Torchlight FanFest at Seattle Center has everything you need to get excited for our iconic parade. Guests can preview parade units and floats along Mercer Street, see Seafair personalities, explore exhibit booths and enjoy food vendors. This is your chance to get up close and personal with the Blue Angels balloon, Albert Lee hydroplane, Seafair’s Pirate Moby Duck and more! This event is FREE to the public.

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2017 Parade Grand Marshals

Billy Burke

Billy Burke is a natural-born performer who is perhaps most recognized for his role as Charlie Swan, Bella’s father in the hit franchise “Twilight” and its sequels. Also, he’s known for playing Gary Matheson in the television series “24.” Recently, Burke played the lead in the series “Revolution.” His additional television credits include “Law & Order,” “The Closer,” “The Boys” and the mystery series “Fringe.” He had recurring roles on “Gilmore Girls” and “Rizzoli & Isles.”

Burke produced and starred in the feature film “Divine Access,” starring Sarah Shahi and Gary Cole, directed by Steven Prince. Also, he starred in the film “Ladder 49,” alongside Joaquin Phoenix. His other film credits include “Forfeit,” “Feast of Love,” “Untraceable” and the Leonardo DiCaprio-produced dark fantasy film “Red Riding Hood.”

Born and raised in Bellingham, Wash., he started singing at age 9 and joined a band at the age of 15. Burke has had the opportunity to perform in Seattle at the Annex Theater, New City Festival and the A.H.A Theater. Following his feature film debut in the 1990 independent movie “Daredreamer,” the actor moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in acting and singing.

Currently, Burke lives in Los Angeles with his family. Follow him on Twitter @billy_burke.

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James Wolk

James Wolk is well known to television audiences for his portrayal of Douglas Hammond in the Golden Globe-nominated mini-series “Political Animals,” opposite Sigourney Weaver. Previously, Wolk received critical acclaim for his starring role in the series “Lone Star” and was most recently seen on the award-winning series “Mad Men” as well as the role of Zach Cropper on “The Crazy Ones,” on the Network.

Wolk’s additional television credits include “Billions,” “Happy Endings,” “Shameless” and the Hallmark Hall of Fame television movie “Front of the Class,” also on the Network.

His feature film credits include “You Again,” “There’s Always Woodstock” and “For a Good Time, Call,” which premiered at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. His theater credits include the West Coast production of the Tony Award-nominated show “Next Fall” at the Geffen Playhouse.

A native of Farmington Hills, Mich., Wolk graduated from the University of Michigan’s drama school. Inspired by the subject matter of “Front of the Class,” Wolk is currently on the Board of Directors for the Brad Cohen Tourette’s Foundation and volunteers at Camp Twitch and Shout, a summer camp for children with Tourette’s Syndrome.

Currently, Wolk resides in Los Angeles. He can be followed on Twitter @JamesWolk.

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Open Seating

  • Bring a chair and enjoy the Parade for free from the non-reserved sections of 4th Avenue!
  • No ticket required

Roadside Seating - $35

  • Best views of the Parade from 4th Avenue right in the heart of the action
  • New this year, seating is now General Admission by section. Get there early to claim the best seat on the block.

Grandstand Seating - $60

  • Reserved single seat in the TV Zone on 4th Avenue
Parade Route

The Parade starts at the Seattle Center (4th & Broad Street) on 4thAvenue and ends on South Washington Street.

Purchase Tickets Here

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