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July 27, 2013 at 6:01 PM
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.
July 27, 2013 at 10:40 AM
On a weekend packed with summer events, the weather is actually cooperating. Sunny skies are predicted to persist into next week, with temperatures in the mid-70s. See more from the National Weather Service forecast.
Bored this weekend? The answer to that better be a resounding “No.” Between the Bellevue Arts Fair, the Seafair Torchlight Parade and Capitol Hill Block Party, you should be able to exhaust yourself in the sunshine no matter where you are. Take a look at our weekend preview for more ideas.
We have photos from the first day of Capitol Hill Block Party, which is expected to attract more than 30,000 attendees to Pike Street throughout the weekend. (There are more in the gallery.) Keep up with our full coverage of Block Party, as well as Jazz Port Townsend and Timber! Festival, on our SoundPosts blog.
Of course, these events and road work are also prompting bus-schedule changes. Plan accordingly.
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