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.
The 2013 King and Queen will be announced in the spring.
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).