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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.


Axa Molina, Miss Seafair 2017-18

“Wrestling is not just done on the mat. We wrestle every day to balance our work life and our family life. We wrestle to work for studies and obtain our degrees. Or, if you are like me, you wrestle with the voice that whispers ‘I can’t’.”

~ 2017 Miss Seafair, Axa Molina

As 2017’s Miss Seafair, Axa Molina has embodied the mission and essence of Seafair. Through the Seafair Scholarship For Women Program, Axa was able to create awareness of women’s wrestling and Wrestle Like a Girl in the greater Seattle area and the Latino community of Washington state.

Axa and Wrestle Like A Girl are committed to helping support female wrestling, so that one day there are equal opportunities for both men and women. She is working with USA Wrestling’s State Sanctioning Task Force to get more Girls High School Wrestling Divisions established in the remaining 42 unsanctioned states.

Axa would not be the confident young woman she is today without wrestling. She says, “Wrestling is not just done on the mat. We wrestle every day to balance our work life and our family life. We wrestle to work for studies and obtain our degrees. Or, if you are like me, you wrestle with the voice that whispers ‘I can’t’.”

Being a first generation child of immigrants, Axa quickly learned the importance of a good education and throughout her undergraduate career, she served as a captain of Lindenwood University’s women’s wrestling team, where she earned All-American honors and qualified for the 2016 Olympic Trials. She now advocates for equal opportunities in athletic programs nation-wide while also coaching wrestling locally at Grays Harbor College.

If you or someone you know would be a good fit for the 2018 Seafair Scholarship For Women Program, applications are available here.

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For more information contact:

Phone: (206) 728-0123



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.


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

2017 Seafair Royalty


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.


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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