Nearly seven decades ago, (local historians vary a year or so on the exact date) the Little City by the Lake decided to have a big celebration. Residents sold their baked and canned goods along the street. The Duwamish Indians paddled across the water to smoke and share salmon. Eventually, merchants, residents, and service groups got together to plan a community event that would have something for everyone. In 1947 it became known as Pioneer Days.
A carnival atmosphere prevailed in Lake City. There were booths, games, contests, street fairs, sidewalk sales, and parades. Shopper and merchant alike dressed in western or gay ‘90s costumes. There was even a real wedding one year, bride and groom arriving in a horse drawn surrey and the entire party dressed in pioneer fashion.
Lake City Pioneer Days have been a part of Seafair since the beginning of the organization with its Grand Parade being second only to the Grand Seafair Parade in size. This year should be another fun filled event for all ages.