It was Pirate pandemonium as the Seafair Pirates invaded the beach at Alki on June 28 to the delight of thousands of fans. While not the first event in the annual civic celebration, it is the biggest one for West Seattle and easily one of the signature events for the pirates themselves.
SLIDESHOW: Seafair Pirates invade Alki Beach to kick Seafair 2014 into high gear
To get the 65th celebration of Seafair really moving, the Seafair Pirates made their annual invasion of Alki Beach on June 28, amid a crowd of thousands. Many onlookers were in pirate garb themselves as the invaders embarked from their landing craft, cannons booming to the delight of their fans.
Mayor Ed Murray, the entire Seafair court and the Hi-Yu court were on the beach to greet them. Miss Seafair, Emily Rio Barber was met by Captain Kidd and given a kiss on the hand and a special commemorative medallion.
Warm 106.9's Mark Christopher was the Emcee for the event on the shoreline and the pirates were read a proclamation and the keys to the city were turned over to them. Mayor Murry quipped, "Have a good week I'm looking forward to a little time off!"
The annual Seafair Celebration extends from June 15 through early August.
Seafair Festival Kick Off
Sunday, June 15 | Westlake Park | 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Rock ‘n’ Roll Seattle Marathon & 1/2 Marathon - A Seafair Signature Event
Saturday, June 21 | Seattle Center | 7 a.m
Seafair Pirates Landing
Saturday, June 28 | Alki Beach | 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Seafair Summer Fourth
Friday, July 4 | Gas Works Park & South Lake Union Park | 12 p.m. - 12 a.m.
PCC Natural Markets Seafair Milk Carton Derby featuring ZICO Seafair Stand Up
Paddleboarding, an Urban Surf Competition & the Group Health Seafair Battle for the Paddle
Saturday, July 12 | Green Lake | 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Also featuring the Seafair Stand Up Paddleboarding Competition and the Seafair Battle for the Paddle
Seafair Triathlon & Kids Seafair Triathlon
Sunday, July 20 | Seward Park | 6:30 a.m.
MISS SEAFAIR SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM FOR WOMEN CORONATON
Thursday, July 24 | Seattle Repertory Theatre | 7 p.m.
SEAFAIR TORCHLIGHT NIGHT FEATURING...
Saturday, July 26 | Downtown Seattle | 12 p.m. to 10 p.m.
- Seattle Center Seafair Torchlight FanFest
- Seattle Center | 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. | Seattle Center
- Michelob ULTRA Seafair Torchlight Run
- Seattle Center/Downtown Seattle | 6:30 p.m.
- Alaska Airlines Seafair Torchlight Parade
- Downtown Seattle/4th Avenue | 7:30 p.m.
SEAFAIR FLEET WEEK & BOEING MARITIME CELEBRATION FEATURING…
Parade of Ships
Wednesday, July 30 | Pier 62/63 | 1:45 p.m.
Thursday, July 31 – Saturday, August 2 | Pier 66 and Other Locations TBA | 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Sunday, August 3 | Pier 66 and Other Locations TBA | 12:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
SEAFAIR WEEKEND FEATURING...
August 1 - 3 | Genesee Park on Lake Washington | Fri. 8:30 a.m. - 6 p.m., Sat. 8:30 a.m. - 11 p.m., Sun. 7:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.
The event was sponsored by: Albert Lee Appliance, Alternative Talk 1150 KKNW, AM 880 KIXI Music - As Cool Now As It Was Then, Barefoot Wine, KIRO 7 Eyewitness News, MOVIN 92.5 All The Hits!, SeattlePI.com, TalkingRain Beverage Company, The New Click 98.9 - Modern Music, Today’s Warm 106.9 FM.
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