A blast of black smoke and the smell of gunpowder fill the air as a seasoned crew of scallywags and swashbucklers storm your way! It’s a high-humored heist by the Seattle SEAFAIR Pirates. The salty troupe’s shenanigans and formidable float, the Duck, have become synonymous with SEAFAIR revelry. The Pirates, originally members of the Washington State Press Club’s Ale & Quail Society, banded together in 1949 to promote Seattle and Seafair while having fun and serving the community. Despite their bad-guy image, the Pirates make dozens of appearances annually to hospitals and nursing homes. During the height of Seattle’s SEAFAIR Celebration, they appear at several events and parades each day.
The 40+ Pirates are an elite troupe who carefully selects their members based on their ability to mix well with the public and for their unique musical or theatrical talents. The Pirates come from many professions and are tested for a year to ensure that they can deal safely and entertainingly with the public.