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Parade Entry Information

Alaska Airlines Seafair Torchlight Parade - Seattle’s premier showcase of icons, cultures, communities and spectacle!


The application process for the Alaska Airlines Seafair Torchlight Parade is now open.
Application Deadline: April 17, 2015
CLICK HERE to download the application.
CLICK HERE to apply online.
CLICK HERE for the 2015 Rules & Regulations.

To apply, download the application and email your filled out application and supporting materials to parade@seafair.com, or mail a copy of your filled out application and supporting materials to: Seafair Torchlight Parade, 2200 6th Avenue, Suite 400, Seattle, WA 98121. -OR- apply online: CLICK HERE

From community floats, to energetic drill teams, enormous helium balloons and marching bands, Seafair is always looking for bright new entertaining components to add to Seattle's most beloved parade. Don't miss your chance to be a part of this summer staple!


2015 Alaska Airlines Seafair Torchlight Parade Date: Saturday, July 25 at 7:30 p.m


The Alaska Airlines Seafair Torchlight Parade remains a time-honored tradition and features a dazzling array of colorful floats, magnificent helium balloons, lively marching bands, foot-stomping drill teams and spirited specialty and equestrian units. Northwest residents and visitors alike annually line the 2.5-mile parade route in downtown Seattle to witness this spectacular celebration of Seattle culture.

Application deadline: Friday, April 17, 2015

The Alaska Airlines Seafair Torchlight Parade features 100 entertaining, high quality and diverse units. Each year more applications are received than can be accommodated. Entries meeting all criteria set by the Selection Committee, and received by the application deadline, will be given first consideration. If your entry is accepted, Seafair will confirm your participation by June 5, 2015. Thank you for your application!


SELECTION CRITERIA AND APPLICATION TIPS


Torchlight Night

Seafair is a celebration of community spirit and a wonderful tradition for thousands of Puget Sound area families. Our spectators have been attending the parade since they were kids and now bring their own children to this highly celebrated event. Anticipation begins early in the morning as people start lining the parade route to save their spot for an up-close view. More than 150,000 spectators will take part in this celebration along Fourth Avenue!

ENTERTAINMENT VALUE is the most critical component and important consideration in the Alaska Airlines Seafair Torchlight Parade selection process. Our goal is to delight spectators along the entire route, with highlighted performances at the live telecast area.

The Torchlight Parade is proud to welcome units from the Pacific Northwest States, Canada, as well as performers from around the nation. Seafair represents nearly thirty distinct Seattle area neighborhoods, and we embrace our community units and their displays of the region's cultural and ethnic diversity.

ALL ENTRIES should be creative and professionally presented - designed and built, and/or organized and choreographed – in a quality and professional manner.

ILLUMINATION: Torchlight is an evening parade. Use of lighting and illumination is strongly encouraged.

The Torchlight Parade Selection Committee will review all entries and make final selections for the 2015 line up. If the Committee determines that an entry detracts from the basic mission of the parade, the Committee reserves the right to reject or cancel any entry at any time.

Unit Description

Applications must be completed in full, include the appropriate entry fee, and color photo(s) of the unit and recent video, as required. Entry Fees (less any on line processing charges) will be refunded if the unit is not accepted.

Please provide details about your unit, as outlined below. This information will be used to assess if an entry matches the selection criteria for the parade.

This information will also be used for scripting commentary for radio and television partners for use on parade night. Seafair reserves the right to edit any material submitted for the broadcast script.

• Unit name
• Unit theme/decor
• Unit size and/or number of people in unit
• Description of performance highlighting your unit's
unique entertainment value
• Previous participation in the Torchlight Parade
(number of years) or in other national or regional
parades/events
• Music, if applicable (Include titles of songs to be
performed)
• Crowd interaction or animation of unit
• Brief History / Description of Unit
• If your unit is in the design or production phase, please include a detailed description, designs or artist
?rendering, and unit specifications.

Marching Units MUST provide a recently recorded video (DVD or link to a video, preferably of a parade performance) of the unit performing in the manner intended for the Torchlight Parade. Photos/videos from previous parades are not kept on file; current materials must be sent with application. Applications requiring videos will not be considered complete until Seafair receives the video. The Parade Selection Committee will review all videos.

Insurance
Evidence of insurance for bodily injury and property damage liability with combined limit of one million dollars is required of all entries. Insurance certificates must have Seafair, Seafair Parade Marshals, Alaska Airlines and City of Seattle listed as additional insured. If you do not have insurance, Seafair’s insurance carrier can provide the required coverage for the Torchlight Parade at a reasonable rate. Please direct all insurance questions to the Seafair office 206.728.0123 x 108.

Entry Fees
The entry fee of $65, payable to Seafair, must accompany the application to receive consideration. Accepted entries cancelled after July 6, 2015 will not be refunded. Applications that are not accepted will receive a full refund of the entry fee (less any on line processing charges). Receipt of an application and processing of entry fee does NOT guarantee acceptance into the parade, nor does past Torchlight participation guarantee acceptance for 2015.

MARCHING UNITS (BANDS, DRILL TEAMS, CULTURAL ORGANIZATIONS, DANCE, DRUMLINES, OTHER WALKING GROUPS), FLOATS, EQUESTRIAN and SPECIALTY
$65

NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS
$800

COMMERCIAL | INFLATABLE ENTRIES*
Entries sponsored and/or carrying commercial signage *Contact Seafair for rates: parade@seafair.com or
Call 206.728.0123 x108

APPLICATION DEADLINE
April 17, 2015

NOTIFICATION
Notification of acceptance or denial will be sent by June 5, 2015

Questions? Contact Sherry Fadely, Seafair Event Producer, at:
Phone: (206) 728-0123 ext. 108
E-Mail: parade@seafair.com