Since 1950 Seafair Royalty has reigned over the Festival and represented the City of Seattle. For the first five decades, Seafair Royalty consisted of King Neptune and his Prime Minister, and the Seafair Queen (later renamed Miss Seafair) whose role 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. Throughout the summer festival, Seafair Royalty participates in festival events and activities to celebrate the pageantry and tradition of Seafair while helping celebrate the community spirit of greater Seattle to the fullest.
The King and Queen will be featured as honored guests in the Alaska Airlines Seafair Torchlight Parade.Throughout the festival they will perform several knighting ceremonies recognizing outstanding citizens in the Seattle area and provide support to Seafair’s Royalty Program, consisting of Miss Seafair and the Seafair Scholarship Program for Women participants.
2014 King Neptune & Queen Alcyone
2014 King Neptune: Marcus Trufant
Marcus Trufant is from Tacoma, Washington and a former Washington State University football player where he started all four years. He was a member of the 2003 Rose Bowl team that lost to the Oklahoma Sooners in his senior year. He did not allow a single touchdown against him for his last two years there. As a freshman he was a freshman All-Pac-10 selection, and in 2002 he was selected First-Team All-Pac-10 as well as Second-Team All-Pac-10 All-American.
Trufant signed with the Seahawks in 2003 and was the third cornerback to be drafted in the first round in team history. In 2007 he played a big part in the Seahawks defense, intercepting a career high 7 passes and returning one for an 84 yard touchdown. He also deflected 15 passes and made 85 tackles, and was voted into the 2008 Pro Bowl. On February 21, 2008 the Seahawks placed their franchise tag on Trufant, tendering him with a one year $9.465 million deal. On April 23rd, 2014 Marcus Trufant signed a one day contract so he could retire as a Seattle Seahawk.
2014 Queen Alcyone: Governor Chris Gregoire
As Washington’s 22nd governor, Chris Gregoire has been a tireless champion for the people of the state. From proposing reforms to transform Washington’s education system into the nation’s best, to major initiatives that streamlined government and made it more efficient, Governor Gregoire has worked hard over two terms to make Washington a great place to raise a family, work, and run a business.
Following a legacy of equality for all Washingtonians, she introduced and supported a marriage equality bill that was passed by the Legislature and later affirmed by a wide majority of voters. In 2012 Washington became the first state to provide marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples by virtue of a popular vote. It is among her proudest accomplishments.
Chris O’Grady was raised in Auburn, Washington, by her mother, who worked as a short-order cook to support the family. After graduating from Auburn High School, Chris entered the University of Washington, where she earned a teaching certificate and a Bachelor of Arts degree in speech and sociology. She met her husband, Mike, in September 1971 when they both worked for the Washington Department of Social and Health Services. Chris received her law degree in 1977 from Gonzaga University. Chris and Mike have two daughters, Courtney and Michelle. Courtney is married to Scott Lindsay, and is an attorney and Seattle Port Commissioner. In November of 2012 they had their first child, Audrey Christine. Michelle recently graduated from law school and is working as King County Deputy Prosecuting Attorney.
Past Seafair Royalty
Recognizing notable individuals as Seafair Royalty has been part of the Festival’s history since 1950. King Neptune (King of the Sea), and Queen Alcyone (Queen of Calm Seas) highlights of the last decade include: Scott Oki & Dorothy Bullitt (2000), Herb Bridge & Phyllis Campbell (2001), David Towne & Patrinell Wright (2002), Rev. Samuel B. McKinney & Rita Ryder (2003), Roberto Maestas & Jeannie Nordstrom (2004), Bill Rex & Joan Wallace (2005), Dr. Carver Gayton & Karen Moyer (2006), Bob Santos & Mona Locke (2007), Skip Rowley & Constance Rice (2008), Pat Cashman & Darlene Corkrum (2009), John Curley & Dr. Bonnie Dunbar (2010), Tom Skerritt & Joni Earl (2011). Slick Watts and Sue Rahr (2012), Jonathon Poneman & Jennifer Roth (2013).