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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.

Throughout the summer, Seafair Royalty, including Miss Seafair, 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.

Zoraida Valdovinos, Miss Seafair 2018-19

Zoraida Valdovinos grew up in Kingston, Washington but constantly traveled to downtown Seattle, as she has always considered herself more of a city girl. She is entering her senior year at the University of Washington - Foster School of Business, majoring in Business Administration, with an emphasis on marketing and sales. In the future, Zoraida plans to attend graduate school and receive her MBA with the ultimate goal of one day starting her own company and increasing the number of women of color CEOs.

If you or someone you know would be a good fit for the 2018 Seafair Scholarship For Women Program, applications will be available here. For a full list of he past Miss Seafairs, click here.

Follow Miss Seafair on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MissSeafair/

For more information contact:

Phone: (206) 728-0123

Email: foundation@seafair.com

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).


2018 - Jordan Morris
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 Marlin "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

2018 Seafair Royalty

KING NEPTUNE Sonny Sixkiller

Sonny Sixkiller is a legendary quarterback from the University of Washington, leading the nation in passing in 1970. Sixkiller was one of only two Huskies to be featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated and was elected to the Husky Hall of Fame in 1985. Sixkiller was also elected into the Pac-12 Conference Hall of Honor this year; the first Husky non-basketball player. Now, Sixkiller works with Washington IMG Sports Marketing and with multiple non-profits, including the Renton 21 Club which helps youth and elderly in need.


A true industry pioneer, Jody Hall began her career as one of the early marketing hires at Starbucks when there were just 30 stores. She founded Cupcake Royale – among the nation’s first cupcake bakeries 15 years ago. In 2014, Jody founded The Goodship Company – a premium edibles maker in the new legal cannabis market and is expanding the business to other states and Canada. Through her successful businesses, Hall not only continually fights for civil issues from marriage equality to paid sick leave, but also helps support local farmers, restaurants and coffee shops to help make our community stronger. A large part of the Cupcake Royale philosophy is to support local farmers to incorporate fresh ingredients. This makes for a delicious cupcake while building our local community and economy.

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