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Tour de Terrace, one of the best Seafair-Sanctioned Community Festivals in the region, begins Friday, July 26 with the 27th Annual Tour de Terrace Parade. Tour de Terrace highlights include the parade, live music and entertainment, fireworks show, a beer garden, food booths, pancake breakfast, street fair, carnival, MLT 5K Fun Run/Walk, and the classic car, truck and motorcycle show. Most activities are located at Evergreen Playfield Complex, 22205 56th Avenue W.
The Tour de Terrace Parade takes off at about 6:45 p.m. with a roar of the precision Seattle Police Motorcycle Drill Team, followed by fan favorites including the Seafair Pirates and Clowns, Lake City Western Vigilantes, the rhythmic drill team marchers and dancers, floats, trucks, classic cars, horses, and much, much more.
The Tour de Terrace Parade is always held the night before the “Seattle Torchlight Parade” and serves as a dress rehearsal for many of the parade participants. The parade travels along 56th Avenue West from 234th Street, northward to 222nd Street and Evergreen Playfield.
Mountlake Terrace High School Alumnus and Broadcaster Steve Willits will be this year’s Tour de Terrace Parade Grand Marshal. Willits has been the play-by-play announcer for MTHS sports with Hawk Broadcasting Network/Sound Live Sports since 2012. He is also known for his work in mentoring student sports broadcasters and recognizing student athletes.
A spectacular fireworks show will light up the night sky over Tour de Terrace on Saturday evening, July 27, just after 10:00 p.m.
Live music runs throughout the festival with bands GenRASun, Doug Cooper, Commander Mojo and the Horns of Discontent, Graceland Station, Robbie Dee, BroHamm, Joe Carlos, Little Bill and the Stacy Jones Band.
The classic car, truck and motorcycle show is held Saturday, July 27 only from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Registration begins at 8:00 a.m. with viewing of vehicles beginning at 10:00 a.m. The entry fee is $20 and vehicles must be street legal to sign up.
Live radio! Join WARM 106.9 on site from the Tour de Terrace Parade on Friday, July 26. On Saturday, July 27, The New 98.9 “The Bull” will broadcast live from 11:00 a.m. to 1 p.m. outside of the beer garden.
“We are happy that the Smith family will continue the Tour de Terrace tradition this year yet saddened that it will not include our former Mayor, Jerry Smith, who founded the festival with his wife Judi in 1993,” stated Community Relations Director Virginia Olsen. “Thanks to the Smiths, Seafair comes to Mountlake Terrace each July and the festival is a wonderful legacy of Jerry’s 50 years of service to this community.”
Don’t miss out on this fun, family-friendly festival. For more information about Tour de Terrace, visit www.tourdeterrace.org or find them on Facebook at Tour de Terrace!