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 citizens, Jerry and Judi Smith, wanted to commemorate the city's 40th birthday with an event to generate community spirit and pride.
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 long-term, dedicated group of volunteers, still operates the festival with police, 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. This event usually falls on the last weekend of July and the schedule is determined by Seafair. The parade always falls on the Friday evening before the Seafair Torchlight Parade in Seattle. In 2016, Tour de Terrace will take place on July 29, 30 and 31.
Tour de Terrace Volunteers, Jerry & Judi Smith (front row, middle)