Alaska Airlines Seafair Torchlight Parade
Seattle Center/4th Avenue/Downtown Seattle
Everybody loves a Parade - a
nd none is more magical, musical and thrilling than Torchlight Night.
This magnificent parade will include giant helium balloons, precision drill teams representing local communities, equestrian units, comical clowns, swashbuckling pirates and heart-pounding bands playing all your favorite tunes.
The Alaska Airlines Seafair Torchlight Parade took place Saturday, July 26 in downtown Seattle. Over 1,500 people and 107 units from all over the Greater Seattle Area participated in one of the biggest celebrations of the summer in our city. Over 150,000 gathered along the two-mile route, which stretched from Seattle Center along 4th Avenue to Pioneer Square.
Seattle Sounders FC players DeAndre Yedlin and Clint Dempsey served as this year's Parade Co-Grand Marshals!
Co-Grand Marshal Clint Dempsey
Selected eighth overall in the 2004 MLS SuperDraft by the New England Revolution, Clint Dempsey became an immediate impact player winning the 2004 MLS Rookie of the Year and helping his team reach the MLS Cup Final in 2005 and 2006 while being named to the MLS BestXI in both 2005 and 2006. In 2006, Clint made the move overseas to English club, Fulham. While with the club until 2012, Clint helped lead Fulham to their best finish ever in the English Premier League, during the 2008-2009 season,while setting the record for most goals scored by an American in the EPL. InAugust, 2012, Clint was moved to Tottenham Hotspur when he played until signing with Seattle Sounders F.C. in August, 2013. Clint made 213 appearances forFulham and Tottenham, totaling 57 goals while being named the U.S. Soccer Athlete of the Year in 2007, 2011, and 2012. Clint Dempsey currently stars and is a Designated Player for the Seattle Sounders F.C.
Co-Grand Marshal DeAndre Yedlin
Growing up in the Seattle area, DeAndre attended O’Dea High School, attended and started for the Sounders FC Academy team and was invited to the U.S. Soccer U-18 Men's National Training Camp and the 2010 SuperElite International Showcase. DeAndre received national recognition for his play and was one of the top college players in the nation while playing at Akron, earning All-MAC First Team honors in 2011 and 2012.
In 2013, DeAndre signed with the Seattle Sounders FC, becoming the first Homegrown Player in club history. Quickly becoming a starting defender at right back, and leading the team in minutes, DeAndre became a finalist for MLS Rookie of the Year and the youngest player to record a goal and assist for Sounders FC. Yedlin was also named a 2013 MLS All-Star, the first rookie to be named an All-Star since 2005. Internationally, DeAndre made his first appearance for the U.S. Men’s National Team in February 2014. He was then added to the 2014 FIFA World Cup roster. He made his World Cup debut as a substitution against Portugal and immediately made an impact; helping fellow Grand Marshal and Sounders FC player Clint Dempsey score the team’s second goal late in the game.
The next Alaska Airlines Seafair Torchlight Parade will take place on Saturday, July 25, 2015!
About Our Partner Alaska Airlines
The Puget Sound area's largest summertime march is named after the region's hometown airline. With Seattle roots going back more than five decades, Alaska Airlines is honored to be associated with the parade cherished by our thousands of Seattle-area employees. Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air together serve more than 90 cities through an expansive network in Alaska, the Lower 48, Hawaii, Canada and Mexico
Special Thank You
The Seafair Parade Marshals assist in the planning, promotion and production of this event. The marshals also assist over 20 different communities from their parades - from Whidbey Island to Auburn, from Ballard to Leavenworth.
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