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July 27, 2013 at 6:01 PM

Viewers line up for tonight’s Seafair Torchlight Parade

Hertej Kauer, 16, of the Sikhs of Washington practices Chaker while waiting for the Seafair Torchlight Parade to begin next to Seattle Center Saturday, July 27, 2013. The annual parade runs down 4th Avenue and will play host to the likes of dastardly Seafair Pirates, giant helium balloons and dozens of colurful community floats, with former Seattle SuperSonics player Gary Payton as the Grand Marshal. (Photo by Lindsay Wasson / The Seattle Times)

Hertej Kauer, 16, of the Sikhs of Washington practices while waiting for the Seafair Torchlight Parade to begin next to Seattle Center Saturday.  (Photo by Lindsay Wasson / The Seattle Times)

Seth and Kim Rosen wanted to make sure they got a good spot to view the Seafair Torchlight Parade, so they headed to downtown Fourth Avenue early.

The parade starts at 7:30 p.m. Saturday. They got there at noon.

“We got the very last curbside spot,” Kim Rosen said as she and her family sat at their makeshift camp near Fourth Avenue and Cedar Street.

The Torchlight Parade is expected to draw 300,000 viewers to watch the on Fourth Avenue between Seattle Center and Pioneer Square.

With a couple of hours to go before the parade started, viewing areas were at a premium. Groups walked up and down Fourth Avenue trying to find a space to set down lawn chairs and blankets. Near Fourth Avenue and Battery Street, someone had chained together five chairs around a tree.

The parade is a Seattle tradition that’s gone on for 64 years. The Rosens have come at least a half-dozen times in the past 30 years, they said, first with their daughter, Jessica Markham, and now their 3-year-old granddaughter Ashlyn. The Duvall couple wanted to make sure their granddaughter had a good spot to watch the parade.

Before the procession started, the couple passed the time watching “the parade outside the parade.”

“The people-watching is not too bad,” Seth Rosen said.

Viewers had other things to watch before the parade, too. At 6:30, racers in the Torchlight Run, some in pirate costumes, would be running along the same route.

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