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Posted on: July 17, 2019

State Parks’ safety vessel, mascot, staff will join Seattle's Torchlight Parade

OLYMPIA – July 17, 2019 – The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission will make a showing at this year’s Alaska Airlines Torchlight Parade during the 70th anniversary of SeaFair. The parade starts at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, July 27, at Seattle’s Westlake Park, and is free and open to the public.

The State Parks’ parade entry is WALTER, the bright yellow 23-foot safety boat operated by the agency’s Boating Program. (WALTER stands for Washington’s All-equipped Law Enforcement Training & Education Resource boat.) Aboard WALTER will be State Parks’ mascot Bagley Beaver, who will be promoting the importance of wearing life jackets.

“The history and pageantry of SeaFair’s Torchlight Parade provides a wonderful opportunity to share our message that life jackets save lives,” said Rob Sendak, Boating Program manager. “Too many fatalities occur when people don’t wear them. When people see Bagley Beaver and friends in modern life jackets in the parade, they’ll see there are comfortable options available. We hope people will be motivated to wear one the next time they go out on the water.”

Washington State Parks Boating Program’s safety vessel WALTER

Along with WALTER and Bagley, parade goers also can expect to see park staff, including rangers.

WALTER and friends are entered in the Specialty category.

Those who can’t make it to the parade in person have several options to view the event live:

  • On KIRO 7 (Comcast 107), starting at 8 p.m.
  • Via the livestream at
  • Via a smartphone or tablet using the KIRO 7 mobile news app.

SeaFair organizers encourage people to attend FanFest at Seattle Center prior to the parade from noon to 6 p.m. at Seattle Center. For more information about the 2019 SeaFair and the Alaska Airlines Torchlight Parade, visit:


For more information about WALTER, visit:  

About the Washington State Boating Program
The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission administers the state’s Boating Program, which provides leadership in boating safety and environmental education and outreach. The goal of the program is to reduce accidents and fatalities, increase stewardship of Washington waterways, and keep recreational boating a safe, accessible and enjoyable pastime. For more information about the Boating Program, visit

News media contacts:
Christina Fremont, Boating Program (360) 742-2533
Toni Droscher, Communications Program, (360) 902-8604


About Washington State Parks

The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission manages more than 100 state parks and properties totaling approximately 120,000 acres. The Commission provides a variety of recreation opportunities for citizens and provides stewardship protection for a diverse array of natural, cultural and historic resources. State Parks’ statewide programs include long-distance trails, boating safety and winter recreation.

News release number: 19-052


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