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Incandescent blue evening light is a good foil for a sliver of moon and street lights. On June 22 this corner will be lined by throngs of people gathered at the turning point of the 59th annual Greenwood Seafair Parade, complete with Seafair Pirates, Clowns, and Commodores, floats, bands, drill teams, horses, and thousands of spectators enjoying this traditional Wednesday night event. We are nearing the peak of Seattle's summer long festival season when the 60th annual Seafair begins and dozens of events take place in nearly every neighborhood, body of water, and even the skies above when the Blue Angles flying squadron performs. But for right now, all's quiet on the northwestern front of the city.
It's tomorrow you have to worry about. Seafair takes off with a bang when the Seafair Pirates (you remember these guys?) will storm Alki beach a probably detonate a wee bit of gunpowder in the process. Then at 10 AM Greenlake will host the exciting and hysterical Milk Carton Derby (started in 1972, it's Seattle's answer to the homemade boxcar derby. . .we apparently can make any kind of conceivable vessle out of milk cartons and race them and do so every year to win tens of thousands of dollars in fabulous prizes, fame, and glory!). Then will come the 60th annual Wallingford Kiddie Parade and street fair at 11 AM. Phew. . .can you keep up?! That's just the first half of the first day! In 60 years Seattle has had the chance to perfect its festival. In days to come there will be parades, runs, and community events in nearly every neighborhood, including the big Torchlight Parade through downtown on July 25. There are also the Bite of Seattle and the Ballard Seafood Fest, hydroplane races, Wooden Boat Festival, fireworks show. . .well, I'm tired just thinking about all the possibilities for fun. As if Seafair wasn't frenetic enough for our perfect long summer days, we cap it all off at the end of August with Bumbershoot, the amazing, awesome, cool 3 day music and arts festival. Okay, so rest up today. It's your last chance and you are going to need your strength. Oh, and be sure to watch out for the pirates. They are everywhere. Argh!
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