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Drew Carey Announced as 2011 Parade Grand Marshal

Renowned comedian, actor and producer Drew Carey has been named Grand Marshal of the 2011 Alaska Airlines Seafair Torchlight Parade. The Torchlight Parade is Sat., July 30, and will be a celebration of the Season of Seafair.

“We are honored to feature Drew as the 2011 Torchlight Parade Grand Marshal,” said Beth Knox, President & CEO of Seafair. “We are fortunate to honor a celebrity of Mr. Carey’s stature, who also has invested in our community through the Seattle Sounder’s ownership.” 

About Drew Carey
Drew Carey is a stand-up comic turned actor and producer and is now regarded as American soccer’s most recognizable supporter. Carey is a minority owner of Seattle Sounders FC and serves as chairman of Sounders FC Alliance, the club’s member association. Carey served on the USA Bid Committee, a non-profit organization created to prepare a successful application to host the FIFA World Cup ™ in 2018 or 2022 on behalf of the United States Soccer Federation.

Carey had the distinction of having two hit shows simultaneously: the long-running comedy “The Drew Carey Show,” which ran from 1995-2004, and the improv/sketch show “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” on which he was host and a producer. The success of that show led to the creation of “Drew Carey’s Improv All-Stars,” an improv group that performs in showrooms across the country. In July 2007, Carey was named the host of THE PRICE IS RIGHT, America’s longest running game show. He also stars in and co-produces DREW CAREY'S IMPROV-A-GANZA, a new original, improvised sketch comedy show for GSN this spring.

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 and personalities and more! 

Event Date: Sat., July 30, 2011
Taste of Torchlight at Seattle Center 2 p.m. – 6 p.m. 
Michelob ULTRA Torchlight Run 6:30 p.m. 
Scholarship Program for Women 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


Ticket Pricing:
4th Avenue Bleachers $18
Westlake Bleachers (near Starbucks) $25
Start Line Bleachers (near Fischer Plaza) $25
VIP Grandstand (Westlake/4th Avenue TV ZONE) $37
*Note that general, open seating is available along the parade route on a first come, first served basis. 

About Alaska Airlines
Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air, subsidiaries of Alaska Air Group (NYSE: ALK), together serve more than 90 cities through an expansive network in Alaska, the Lower 48, Hawaii, Canada and Mexico. For reservations, visit For more news and information, visit the Alaska Airlines/Horizon Air Newsroom at

Alaska Airlines Seafair Torchlight Parade 
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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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