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Originally published July 6, 2011 at 7:02 PM | Page modified July 7, 2011 at 11:52 AM

Pirate landing launches Seafair's boatload of festivals

Seafair Pirates Landing, July 9; Wallingford Seafair Kiddies Parade, July 9; Pioneer Square Fire Festival, July 9; Ballard SeafoodFest, July 9-10; Chinatown-International District Dragon Fest, July 9-10; Mercer Island Summer Celebration, July 9-10; Kent Cornucopia Days, July 8-10.

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Thousands of fans are sure to be on hand when the swashbuckling, fun-loving Seafair Pirates land at Alki Beach to officially open the Seafair season on Saturday. It's part of a weekend full of Seafair events in and around Seattle.

Festivities start early, pirate costumes and gear are encouraged, and the pirates' ship is expected to arrive about noon. Parking in the neighborhood is limited, so arrive by foot, bike, bus or Water Taxi, if you can.

The Wallingford Kiddies Parade, another popular tradition, invites kids to join in the Saturday parade, followed by street fair and family activities in Wallingford.

Seafood is the star attraction of Ballard SeafoodFest on Saturday and Sunday. Along with the salmon barbecue and lutefisk, there's food of all kinds, arts and crafts vendors, beer and wine gardens, and entertainment for all ages, including local legend Stan Boreson.

Take a step back in time at Pioneer Square Fire Festival, commemorating local history with the Last Resort Fire Department and Seattle Metropolitan Police Museum display of vintage fire trucks and police cars. In addition, look for activities sponsored by the Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park. It's at Occidental Square Park on Saturday.

Chinese lion and dragon dances, Japanese taiko drumming, historic walking tours, an outdoor market and activities for all ages are featured attractions at the Chinatown-International District Dragon Fest on Saturday and Sunday in Seattle.

The Mercer Island Summer Celebration has a Renaissance Revelry theme with jousting knights on horseback and sword fights. Also expect food and craft vendors, kids' rides and entertainment Saturday and Sunday, and a parade, boat rides and fireworks Saturday.

Kent Cornucopia Days takes festivities south with a street fair, carnival, dragon boat races and parade Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Upcoming Seafair highlights include the Milk Carton Derby July 16, the Torchlight Parade July 30 and the Hydroplane Races and Air Show, featuring the U.S. Navy Blue Angels, Aug. 5-7.

The details

Seafair Pirates Landing:: Events 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m.; pirates land approximately noon Saturday, Alki Beach Park, 1702 Alki Ave. S.W.,

Wallingford Seafair Kiddies Parade and Festival: Parade, 11 a.m. Saturday on North 45th Street from Corliss Avenue North to Woodlawn Avenue North; street fair, Wallingford Avenue North and North 45th Street, Seattle. 206-632-3165.

Ballard SeafoodFest: 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday, Market Street and Ballard Avenue, Seattle.

Pioneer Square Fire Festival: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Occidental Square Park, Occidental Avenue South and South Main Street, Seattle.

Chinatown-International District Dragon Fest: noon-8 p.m. Saturday, noon-6 p.m. Sunday, Hing Hay Park, 423 Maynard Ave. S., and surrounding area, Seattle.

Mercer Island Summer Celebration: 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday (with parade, 10 a.m. Saturday), Town Center; and 7-10 p.m. Saturday (with fireworks), Luther Burbank Park, Mercer Island.

Kent Cornucopia Days: 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, (with parade, 2 p.m. Sunday), downtown Kent; dragonboat races, 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, Lake Meridian Park; Kent. 253-852-5466 or

More info for all events: 206-728-0123 or

Madeline McKenzie: 206-464-8245 or

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