The Tour de Terrace summer festival kicks off Friday, July 26 with the 27th Annual Parade, a warm up for the Seafair Torchlight Parade. The parade takes off at about 6:45 p.m. with the roar of the precision Seattle Police Motorcycle Drill Team, followed by fan favorites including the Seafair Pirates and Clowns, Lake City Western Vigilantes, drill teams, dancers, floats, trucks, classic cars and much more.
The parade travels along 56th Avenue W from 234th Street SW, northward to the Evergreen Playfield Complex at 22205 56th Avenue W. The parade line up, along with street closures and road construction, will cause heavier than usual pedestrian and vehicle traffic in the area.
The Main Street Revitalization Project is underway, with significant construction along 236th Street SW and 56th Avenue W. The road surface of 236th Street SW from Gateway Boulevard (east of I-5) to 56th Avenue W has undergone asphalt grinding, is covered with gravel, and has been reduced to one-lane of travel with flaggers controlling the direction of traffic.
Drivers should use the signed detour routes, which will be altered for the parade, or take an alternate route that may be more convenient, such as the 220th Street SW exit from Interstate 5. Please allow extra travel time.
Traffic in downtown Mountlake Terrace is expected to be heavy beginning at 5:00 p.m., especially around the Civic Center at 232nd Street SW and 58th Avenue W and along 236th and 220th Streets SW as parade participants check in. Street closures include 56th Avenue W between 236th and 220th Streets SW, and 224th Street SW (54th to 56th Avenues W), which is closed for the Street Fair. 56th Avenue will close at 5:00 p.m. and reopen after the parade at approximately 9:00 p.m. (See accompanying map.)
For more information about Tour de Terrace, visit www.tourdeterrace.org, or find them on Facebook at Tour de Terrace!