Tour de Terrace is a Seafair-sanctioned, summer festival that attracts tens of thousands of visitors to Mountlake Terrace each July. The first Tour de Terrace, as we know it today, was celebrated in 1994 when two residents, Jerry and Judi Smith, decided to establish an event to commemorate the city’s 40th birthday and generate community spirit.
The Smiths and a small group of dedicated volunteers first started the Tour de Terrace Parade in 1993 which serves as a warm up for many groups participating in Seafair’s Torchlight Parade. The Tour de Terrace Parade always occurs on Friday night, the day before the Torchlight Parade.
Tour de Terrace Founders Jerry and Judi Smith
Tour de Terrace Volunteers, Jerry & Judi Smith (front row, middle)
Over the years, Tour de Terrace became a non-profit organization and today the festival features a parade complete with Seafair pirates and clowns, live music over three days, beer garden, carnival, street fair, classic car show, 5K fun run/walk and pancake breakfast. The Smith family, along with their trusted volunteers, still operate the festival with police, parks, public works and publicity assistance from the city.
The Tour de Terrace festival is located at the Evergreen Playfield Complex at 22205 56th Avenue W. The parade route runs along 56th Avenue W beginning at the staging area at 234th Street SW and concludes at the park.