Over the next few months in Seattle, a king and queen will be crowned. Pirates and clowns will make mischief in local parades. And, hydroplanes will race across Lake Washington.
As those who reside in the Emerald City know, it’s time for Seafair, the region’s premier summer festival.
Starbucks is a 2015 presenting sponsor for Seafair, which has been a summer-long series of events in Seattle for more than 60 years. Starbucks will welcome the community for Seafair-inspired events in several of its Seattle-area stores (list below). It will also honor veterans at the annual Fourth of July fireworks celebration at Gasworks Park, and host a special experience for community partners at the Seafair Torchlight Parade.
Being involved in the Seattle community is a priority for Dale Perrott, Starbucks senior vice president, Supply Chain Operations. He serves on the 40-member Seafair Board of Directors.
“Serving on the Seafair board has special meaning,” said Perrott. “I grew up in a small town where my father was on multiple boards including those supporting various local celebrations. I’m excited to continue the tradition of service that my father started.”
As a member of the board, Perrott has helped identify ways to build participation in Seafair. That includes, for example, inviting alumni associations of local colleges and universities in and around Seattle to participate in the festivities.
Earlier this year, a group of young people were welcomed to provide their feedback about Seafair and what could make it better. Perrott and his fellow board members listened and implemented many of their ideas.
“The experience was eye opening for the board members, particularly those who are of a different generation,” said Perrott. “Based on what we learned, we will feature a wider variety of activities and music stages for entertaining in 2015.”
Star Sightings at Starbucks
Every Wednesday from 2-4 p.m., from June 17 through July 29, Seafair personalities will visit Starbucks® locations throughout the Seattle area as part of “Seafair at Starbucks.” Miss Seafair, professional pilots, hydroplane drivers, Seafair clowns and pirates will visit different stores and pose for pictures with customers. Knighting ceremonies for a few lucky customers and partners (employees) will take place during this time as well.
“Starbucks and Seafair is a great pairing,” Perrott added. “Starbucks participation means a lot to the partners who work for the company. It’s also the perfect family activity and a great place to celebrate in the Pacific Northwest.”
Seafair at Starbucks schedule:
Wednesday, June 17 from 2 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Miss Seafair and Princesses
Starbucks at Issaquah Meadows
1460 NW Gilman Blvd #K1
Issaquah, WA 98027
Wednesday, June 24 from 2 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Starbucks at Ambaum and SW 148th
901 SW 148th Street
Burien, WA 98166
Wednesday, July 1 from 2 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Starbucks at NW Market Street and 22nd Avenue
2200 NW Market Street
Seattle, WA 98107
Wednesday, July 8 from 2 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Seafair Milk Carton Derby Partners
Starbucks at Greenlake
7100 East Green Lake Drive North
Seattle, WA 98115
Wednesday, July 15 from 2 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Starbucks at 23rd & Jackson
2300 South Jackson
Seattle, WA 98144
Wednesday, July 22 from 2 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Starbucks at Kirkland - Park Place
208 Park Center Place
Kirkland, WA 98033
Wednesday, July 29 from 2 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Seafair Air Show Pilots and Performers
Starbucks at 6th and Union - Us Bank Center
1420 5th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98101
Event photos courtesy of Seafair and the U.S. Navy Blue Angels
For more information about Starbucks involvement in its hometown of Seattle, visit www.starbucks.com/seattle.
For more information on this story, contact Starbucks Newsroom