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SEAFAIR Parade Marshals


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In the Thick of the Action

You could be there too!

Joining the SEAFAIR Parade Marshals allows you to learn what goes on behind the scenes of parades and have a lot of fun at the same time.

From putting the units into their proper lineup order to hosting visiting parade participants, SEAFAIR Parade Marshals are actively involved in giving back to their communities!

In Step with SEAFAIR

The SEAFAIR Parade Marshals are one of the SEAFAIR families of volunteers.

The Parade Marshals assist in the planning, promotion and production of the Alaska Airlines Torchlight Parade at SEAFAIR.

The Parade is one of the top in the nation and each summer it attracts more than 300,000 people to the parade route in downtown Seattle; making a wonderful family event.

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Membership is open to those over 21; nominal annual dues; uniform purchase required upon successful completion of training. We are an equal opportunity, all volunteer organization, encouraging cultural and ethnic diversity.


From Assembly through Route to Dispersal, there is a place for interested applicants. In addition to attending community parades, the Torchlight Parade and membership meetings, we are looking for the following:

  •     Enthusiasm
  •     Enjoyment of laughter/some hard work
  •     Community service oriented
  •     Professionalism
  •     Good physical condition
  •     Willingness to develop parade management skills

How to Begin

Talk to a Parade Marshal,

or drop us an e-mail at

OR better yet…

Click the button below to fill out an online application.

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Then the Action

Attend a parade or two and learn what is involved in the production. If you then have an interest in pursuing membership you will be assigned a training mentor to guide you through the Procedures and Rules of Assembly, Route, Dispersal, Communications, and Support Services.

After successful training in these areas in several parades the training mentor and Membership notify the Board of their recommendation for membership and action to approve will be scheduled for the next regular meeting of the Executive Board.

E-mail: Membership and Training

Once approved dues will be paid and the prescribed uniform may be worn. Purchase of the uniform is the responsibility of the members and consists of, for the Torchlight Parade, a Navy Blue blazer, white shirt, tie, white slacks, white shoes, and captains hat for men; Wave hat for women. All members wear blue aviator shirts, with no tie, white slacks and white shoes at community parades from May 1st through September 30th.

Once you are a member you will receive an email invitation to become an Authorized User of our website.  As a user you will have access to download important documents, such as our Operations Manual, ByLaws and Member Roster by clicking the button below.

SEAFAIR Parade Marshals
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