For years I struggled to find space on the parade route to watch the dusk-light festivities. I waited for hours, tried to worm a corner of sidewalk,and stake my claim, only to see that space quickly eroded by 8-year-olds. And it's not like you can yell at the little kids that they're getting int he way of you seeing the clowns and pirates, because there's no way to do that without making yourself look an idiot.
So I actually bought tickets to the parade. It seems silly because -- hey -- the parade is free. But with preassigned seats in the grandstand, the GF and I wouldn't have to deal with the encroaching 8 year olds.
No, instead we got deal with an 8 year old with an assigned seat and an inflatable noise making stick, accompanies by two adults who appeared to be on a bad date. This kid only hit my GF once or twice with the stick (on accident) so it was still much less annoying that being on the street. The several hundred people in the stands seemed to agree.
The parade itself was as fun as ever. Alaska Airlines took over sponsorship from Southwest Airlines this year, and they had a great presence. The had flight attendants twirling oxygen mask while pushing airplane beverage parts down the street.
Horizon Air employees put together a drill team using carryon luggage and those long flashlights the ground crew use when guiding a plane into a gate.
Despite rain at the beginning of the parade, it was, as always, a great time. Here are a few pictures.