Seattle Pride 2013 Grand Marshals Announced

Photo: Bettina Hansen/ The Seattle Times

Photo: Bettina Hansen/ The Seattle Times

The selection of Grand Marshals for this year’s Seattle Pride Parade has been announced, and among them Jane Lighty and Pete-e Petersen, who as a result of the passage of Referendum 74; which approved the legalization of same-sex marriage in Washington State became the first same-sex couple to be granted a wedding license in State history.

Others announced today include Sarah Toce, founder and editor-in-chief of The Seattle Lesbian and vice president of Social Outreach Seattle; Zach Silk and Lacey All, of Washington United for Marriage; and Guatam Raghavan, who serves as a liaison to the LGBTQ community in his role as Associate Director for the White House Office of Public Engagement. In keeping with the longstanding tradition in the Parade’s 39-year history, the slate of Marshals represents a diverse list of honorees and representatives of and for the LGBTQ community.

With an expected turnout of a quarter-million spectators and more than 200 marching contingents, representing commercial, civic and non-profit organizations throughout Puget Sound; the Parade is set to take place in downtown Seattle along 4th Avenue, on Sunday June 30 at 11:00 a.m.

The theme of this year’s Pride Parade is “Equality: Passed, Present & Future,” celebrating the tremendous victories achieved by the local and national equality-based legislative measures that passed in the November 2012 elections. For the full list of Grand Marshals, click here.

Seattle Out and Proud is a non-profit organization based in Seattle, Washington focused on informing and educating the community on LGBT issues through community outreach and produced events, including the annual Seattle Pride Parade, Pride Idol, and the Seattle Pride Picnic.