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Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Duff McKagan Named 2012 Torchlight Parade Grand Marshal
6/19/2012




ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAMER DUFF McKAGAN NAMED
2012 SEAFAIR TORCHLIGHT PARADE GRAND MARSHAL
Reserved Bleacher Seating Tickets On Sale


World famous rockstar Duff McKagan has been named Grand Marshal of the 2012 Alaska Airlines Seafair Torchlight Parade. The Torchlight Parade takes place on Sat., July 28, and will be a celebration of the Carnival of Summer with a tribute to the 1962 World's Fair.  

“We are thrilled to have a rock and roll legend as the 2012 Torchlight Parade Grand Marshal,” said Beth Knox, President & CEO of Seafair. "Duff's a Seattleite who loves Seafair and is very involved in our community."

The parade is the largest in the Northwest, drawing over 300,000 on-site spectators and an additional 700,000 television viewers. Fans can expect to see an array of entertainment – including floats, marching bands, drill and dance teams, gigantic character balloons, Seafair Pirates and Clowns, local celebrities, personalities and more!

ABOUT DUFF McKAGAN
Musician Duff McKagan is a rock and roll hall-of-famer who hails from Seattle, WA. McKagan has played in over 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. He is also a passionate sports fan and writes regularly for ESPN Playbook Sounds. Additionally, McKagan has several TV acting credits to his name. Duff has been and remains very involved in the Seattle community. He lives in Seattle with his wife, Susan, and daughters Grace and Mae.

McKagan will be officially knighted by Seafair Royalty on Torchlight Night. In addition to his parade grand marshal duties, Duff will be serving as an ambassador of Seafair Weekend where he will welcome the U.S. Navy Blue Angels, take a ride in a vintage hydroplane and wakeboard with the pros, among other activities. 


EVENT INFORMATION
Event Date: Sat., July 28, 2012
Timeline:
Seafair Torchlight Spectacular at Seattle Center 2 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Michelob ULTRA Seafair Torchlight Run 6:30 p.m.
Scholarship Program for Women Miss Seafair Coronation 7 p.m.
Alaska Airlines Seafair Torchlight Parade 7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Location: Seattle Center/4th Avenue/Westlake TV Zone
Tickets: Tickets for reserved bleacher seating are on sale now at Seafair.com.
Pricing: 4th Avenue Bleachers $20

Westlake Bleachers (near Starbucks) $30

Start Line Bleachers (near Fischer Plaza) $30

VIP Grandstand (Westlake/4th Avenue TV ZONE) $40

Westlake Promenade Seats (Westlake/4th Avenue) $50
*Note that general, open seating is available along the parade route on a first come, first served basis.


ABOUT ALASKA AIRLINES
Alaska Airlines has been a Seafair partner since 2009. The Puget Sound area's largest summertime march is named after the region's hometown airline. With Seattle roots going back more than five decades, Alaska Airlines is honored to be associated with the parade cherished by thousands of Seattle-area employees. Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air together serve more than 90 cities through an expansive network in Alaska, the Lower 48, Hawaii, Canada and Mexico. On behalf of the 13,000 employees nationwide, Alaska Airlines is proud to welcome fans to the Alaska Airlines Seafair Torchlight Parade. 


ALASKA AIRLINES SEAFAIR TORCHLIGHT PARADE SPONSORS 
Alaska Airlines, The Boeing Company, Albert Lee Appliance, KIRO 7 Eyewitness News, 76, Tulalip Resort Casino, BECU, Jamba Juice, Holland America Line, Michelob ULTRA, Western Washington Hyundai Dealers Association, TalkingRain Beverage Company, American Family Insurance, Seattle Seahawks, Seattle Sounders FC, Wells Fargo, Radio Disney 1250AM, Seattle Center.


SPECIAL THANK YOU

The Seafair Parade Marshals assist in the planning, promotion and production of the Torchlight Parade. The volunteer marshals also assist over 20 different communities coordinate their parades - from Whidbey Island to Auburn, from Ballard to Leavenworth. 


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