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.
2013 King Neptune & Queen Alcyone
2013 King Neptune LXI - Jonathan Poneman, Co-Founder of Sub Pop Records
Jonathan Poneman (aka JP) is a driving force of the Seattle music scene. JP moved from his Toledo, OH hometown to Seattle in the late ‘70s. He volunteered at KCMU in 1983 and came to host Audioasis, the station's local music program. It was a direct result of his station tenure that familiarized JP with the Seattle music community, including his acquaintance Bruce Pavitt, host of the Sub Pop USA radio show and eventual founder of the Sub Pop record label.
After watching Soundgarden perform in the mid-80s and appointing himself their manager, only to be unceremoniously relieved from that role weeks later, JP decided he’d start his own record label. JP joined up with Sub Pop's Bruce Pavitt with the goal of making Sub Pop a fully functioning, Seattle-based record label. By April 1st, 1988, Bruce and JP had quit their day jobs, rented an office and had gone massively into debt. They expected it all to last about a month.
25 years later, Sub Pop remains a thriving organization on the international music scene! Being responsible for launching the recording careers of Soundgarden, Mudhoney, Nirvana, Postal Service, Fleet Foxes and The Head and The Heart, the label is effectively synonymous with Seattle and its world-renowned music scene.
JP lives on his beloved Queen Anne hill with his wife, Magdalena, and two dogs.
2013 Queen Alcyone XIV - Jennifer Roth, Accomplished Film Producer
Named one of Seattle Magazine’s Most Influential People of 2011, Jennifer Roth is a powerhouse in the Seattle film industry, often convincing studios to bring large-scale productions to Seattle, as well as mentoring local filmmakers along the path to releasing a film. At the 2013 Seattle International Film Festival, she received the Mayor’s Award for Outstanding Achievement in Film.
Roth is currently executive producing Lynn Shelton’s film “Laggies” starring Keira Knightley, Sam Rockwell & Chloe Moretz which will film entirely in Seattle. She just returned from the Cannes film festival with her producing debut “Jimmy P: The Psychotherapy of a Plains Indian”, where it premiered in main competition.
Her other line/executive producer credits include “What Maisie Knew”, “Your Sister’s Sister”, the academy award nominated film "Black Swan", “The Wrestler”, “World’s Greatest Dad” and more.
Jennifer served 8 years on the board of the NW Film Forum and 5 as board president. She lives on Capitol Hill with her husband, Mark Goodermote and daughter Grey.
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).