Seattle Maritime Festival to Feature Tugboat Ballet, More

Author: Madeline McKenzie [The Seattle Times]

After last weekend’s Opening Day of boating season, workboats have their day Saturday, May 9, at the Seattle Maritime Festival Family Fun Day at Lake Union Park. Celebrating the maritime industry that’s been a vital part of Seattle’s history and heritage since the first steamship commissioned by Hudson’s Bay Company arrived in Seattle’s harbor in 1850, the Seattle Propeller Club and Port of Seattle event features tours, competitions and activities for all ages.

Because of the ongoing seawall and tunnel projects, all Maritime Festival events are at Lake Union Park this year, so the traditional tugboat races along Seattle’s waterfront are on hiatus, replaced by a Workboat Parade at 11 a.m., followed by Tugboat Demonstration and Ballet.

Most other popular festival traditions continue, including Survival Suit Races — teams of four competing to be the fastest to don survival suits, jump into Lake Union, swim to a life raft and climb aboard — at 1:30 p.m., and the Workboat World Invitational Boat Building Competition, which has industry teams building a boat starting at 9 a.m. that will be judged at 3 p.m. and raced at 4 p.m. on Lake Union.

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