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Seafair Royalty

Seafair Royalty has reigned over the festival and represented the city of Seattle since 1950. For the first five decades, Seafair Royalty consisted of King Neptune and his Prime Minister, and the Seafair Queen (renamed Miss Seafair in 1972) whose roles included greeting visiting dignitaries, participating in ceremonial activities throughout the City, and encouraging all to take part in Seafair festivities.

In 2000, the Royalty Program was updated to crown one man as King Neptune and one woman as Queen Alcyone. This outstanding couple is chosen based on their philanthropic contributions to the Puget Sound region and ability to inspire the communities in which they live.

Miss Seafair is selected through the Seafair Foundation’s Scholarship Program for Women, designed for women seeking academic scholarships and opportunities for leadership development. Miss Seafair is selected based on her academic abilities, public speaking skills and community service.

Throughout the summer, Seafair Royalty participate in festival events and activities to celebrate the tradition of Seafair and the community spirit of greater Seattle. They also perform several knighting ceremonies recognizing outstanding citizens in the Seattle area.

Click here to learn more about past Seafair Royalty.


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MISS SEAFAIR

Tessie LaMourea is in her second year of graduate school at the University of Washington Evans School of Public Policy and Governance where she is pursuing a Masters Degree in Public Administration (Environmental Policy). She graduated in 2015 from the University of Rochester with a triple major in Economics, Environmental Policy (Honors), and Philosophy (Honors).

She has been heavily involved with the Bohol Association of Washington State (BOAWAS). She has served as the Treasurer since 2015. BOAWAS provides financial assistance to Filipino students from low-income families who otherwise wouldn't be able to afford a college education as well as provide funds to promote sustainable farming in the Philippines.

She has had the opportunity to go to the Philippines and meet with government officials on poverty issues as well as local villages and municipalities on eco-tourism projects.
Miss Seafair Tessie LaMourea will make more than 100 appearances over the course of the coming year. Connect with Tessie on the Miss Seafair Facebook page.

For more information contact:
Phone: (206) 728-0123
E-mail: info@seafair.com


Applications for Miss Seafair 2017 available now!

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Parade Grand Marshals

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The Alaska Airlines Seafair Torchlight Parade is the largest nighttime parade in the Northwest, drawing over 300,000 on-site spectators and an additional 700,000 television viewers. Precision drill teams, community floats, regional and international bands, equestrian units, giant helium balloons, comical clowns and swashbuckling pirates all come together for one magical night in downtown Seattle to celebrate true family and community entertainment.

Each year Seafair selects a member of the community to be the Parade Grand Marshal. This person is chosen based on their connection to Seattle, community interest and celebrity status. Some of Seafair’s first Grand Marshals included Bob Hope & Bing Crosby (1958), Richard Nixon (1960) and Joan Crawford & Leonard Nimoy (1968).

To learn more about the parade, click here.

GRAND MARSHALS:

2017 - Billy Burke & James Wolk
2016 - Anna Faris
2015 - Felix Hernandez & Robinson Cano
2014 - Clint Dempsey & DeAndre Yedlin
2013 - Gary Payton
2012 - Duff McKagan
2011 - Drew Carey
2010 - Apolo Ohno
2009 - Mike Holmgren & Pat O'Day
2008 - Sig Hansen
2007 - Dave Niehaus
2006 - Warren Moon & Dan Wilson
2005 - Darth Vader
2004 - Elvis
2003 - Roy Butch "The Original Blue Angel"
2002 - Apolo Ohno
2000 - Edgar Martinez
1999 - Barbara Curtis Wall, the first Seafair Queen (1950)
1998 - John Stanford
1997 - Bill Nye “The Science Guy”
1996 - Kate Mulgrew
1995 - Jim Lambright
1994 - Nolan Ryan
1990 - Jane Fonda & Ted Turner


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2017 Seafair Royalty

KING NEPTUNE JOHN RODERICK


John Roderick is a Seattle musician, writer, podcaster and politician. He is currently the lead singer and guitarist in the band The Long Winters and formerly a touring member of the band Harvey Danger. He is also a frequent guest musician on recordings by other bands including Death Cab for Cutie, Nada Surf, Say Hi and Shelby Earl. Roderick became a founding member of the Seattle Music Commission in 2010.

Visit Seattle partnered with Roderick to answer visitor and tourist questions about Seattle from a mobile talk show set in a series called #HEYSEATTLE.


QUEEN ALCYONE ANGELA SHEN

Angela Shen is the Founder and CEO of Savor Seattle Food Tours, rated one of the “Top 10 Tours in America” by TripAdvisor and a “must do” by Bon Appétit Magazine.  Founded in 2007, Savor Seattle Food Tours offers award-winning food tours that explore the exciting history, culture and food that makes Seattle a top culinary destination.

Angela received her undergraduate degree from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. She has served as a Seattle Tourism Ambassador, was named by Puget Sound Business Journal as one of 2011’s Top 40 Under 40, and was a 2012 Nellie Cashman Women Business Owner of the Year Finalist. Last October, Angela spoke at the first Global Food Tourism Conference in Chicago. In February of this year, Angela sat down with CNN for a segment called “Sensational Sips in Seattle” which you can watch here.


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