#Throwback Thursday: Seafair Photos from Years Gone By

Throwback Thursday, the Seafair edition!
By: Lauren Mang | Posted July 31, 2014
Images from the 1954 Seafair Parade

Seattle's famous weeks-long, events-filled summer festival culminates this weekend with the Blue Angels air show (yes, they're back!), hydroplane boat races along Lake Washington, SalmonFest and plenty more activities to keep you busy. With the F/A-18 Hornets roaring overhead already, and in the spirit of the ever-nostalgic Throwback Thursday, we dove into the Seattle Municipal Archives to find some very vintage and way cool snapshots from Seafairs past. Feast your eyes on Seafair Queens of yore, floats, marching bands, Blue Angels in the skies and more from Seattle's beloved summer celebration.

Seafair Parade floats, 1954


Credit: Seattle Municpal Archives; City Light Photographic Negatives

Marching bands in the Seafair Parade, 1954


Credit: Seattle Municipal Archives; City Light Photographic Negatives

Seafair Parade near the Hotel Georgian, 1954


Credit: Seattle Municipal Archives


Seattle City Light float at the Seafair Parade, 1954



Credit: Seattle Municipal Archives; City Light Photographic Negatives


Seattle City Light float, 1956


Credit: Seattle Municipal Archives; City Light Photographic Negatives

Sayres Park Seafair race, 1964


Credit: Seattle Municipal Archives, Don Sherwood Parks History Collection

The Seafair Queen, 1968


Credit: Seattle Municipal Archives, City Light Photographic Negatives

Councilmember Jeanette Williams at the Seafair Torchlight Parade, 1989


Credit: Seattle Municipal Archives Photograph Collection

Seafair Princesses at the University District Jr. Grand Seafair Parade, 2002


Credit: Seattle Municipal Archives, Erik Stuhaug

Bookmobile at University District Jr. Grand Seafair Parade, 2002



Credit: Seattle Municipal Archives, Erik Stuhaug

U.S. Navy Blue Angels at Boeing Museum of Flight during Seafair, 2003


Credit: Mate 2nd Class Eli J. Medellin

Ivar's Clams in the University District Jr. Grand Seafair Parade, 2002


Credit: Seattle Municipal Archives, Fleets and Facilities Collection, Erik Stuhaug


Blue Angels perform above Lake Washington, 2004



Credit: Photographer’s Mate 2nd Class Eli J. Medellin


The Navy Northwest Band plays at Westlake Park, 2005



Credit: Photographer's Mate 3rd Class Jacob J. Kirk

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