Thursday, August 23, 2007
The Sea Gals recently made an appearance at the 58th annual Torchlight Parade in Seattle. (photos). I don't know the first thing about the Torchlight Parade, but according to Wikipedia...
- The Torchlight Parade is the finale in a long series of parades around the greater Seattle area under the auspices of Seafair, a Seattle summertime celebration. The parade is one of the original Seafair events dating to the 1951 centennial celebration. The first parade was actually held on August 12, 1950, in the afternoon, as the Seafair Grande Parade.
The Torchlight Parade is usually on either the first Saturday in August or the last Saturday in July. The parade starts in the evening, close to dusk which gives it the name. Because of the dark, participants are encouraged to include creative uses of light and luminescient devices in their display. The parade draws an estimated crowd of over 300,000 people each year. Some of those wanting a prime viewing location arrive the night before with couches, rugs, and portable refrigerators.