What You Need To Know For The Seahawks Victory Parade
The Seahawks will be riding the Ducks in Wednesday’s parade through downtown Seattle, but there's no word yet on whether they’ll be issued quacker noisemakers.
City spokesman Kyle Moore says the players, coaches and dignitaries, including Gov. Jay Inslee, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray and King County Executive Dow Constantine, will be in about two dozen amphibious Ride the Duck vehicles, which are more often associated with tourist excursions.
Moore says the reason the Seahawks decided to contract with the Ride the Duck company is that the vehicles sit up high.
“They wanted to give the best view for all of the paradegoers," he said. "Whether you’re in the front of the line or you’re eight rows back, you can see."
Accompanying the parade of ducks will be the Blue Thunder marching band and the Sea Gals. Working with the Seahawks organization to plan the parade are the Torchlight Parade organizers. The annual summer Seafair event usually attracts about 100,000 onlookers, according to Moore. The city estimates this historic event will attract more people than that.
Seattle has opened its Emergency Operations Center to deal with security and other logistics leading up to the parade, although the event is being paid for by the Seahawks.
Meanwhile, the Seahawks have said little about the rally that will take place at CenturyLink Field following the parade.
Gov. Jay Inslee has proclaimed a moment of loudness be observed at 12:12 p.m. during the parade, which is scheduled for 11 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. It will begin just south of the Space Needle on Fourth Avenue and continue down Fourth to CenturyLink (see map of route below).
Temperatures are expected to be in the mid-30s. The city is telling people to dress in layers. And attendees are encouraged to use public transportation.
“It’s a normal work day for downtown, which means the normal amount of workers will be there and parking will be somewhat limited,” Moore said.
Many buildings along the parade route will be locked during the parade, allowing only people who work in the building to have access. Moore says the city is coming up with a list of nearby city buildings, such as the Seattle Public Library, where people can go to get warm.
For those who can't skip work to attend the event, the Seahawks plan to livestream the event online.