2017 Pride Photo Gallery

Submit your photos

Pride 2017 Edition

HAPPY PRIDE WEEKEND, ORCAS!

Chipotle is our official corporate sponsor in the parade this year (they paid our entry fee). In honor of that, we have developed a new team cheer:

SCHEDULE UPDATES

No practice this Sunday due to the Pride Parade. Come sport your speedo on 4th Ave with the team. Details below. We’re back in the pool on Monday (even if you’re hungover). Starting immediately, evening practices have been changed to 6:30. Check the full calendar here.

PRIDE 2017 – EVENTS

Team Seattle Field Day, Saturday June 24th, 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM at Cal Anderson Park

Come join the other Seattle gay sports team for some physical (think water balloon toss) challenges. Meet some other local gay athletes and enjoy the nice weather. Then head over to the Capitol Hill Pride Festival on Broadway – noon to evening.

We are sharing a booth with other Seattle gay sports team. We will need volunteers throughout the day to be on hand to give out info on the team and answer questions. If you’re on Broadway feel free to stop by and say hello.
Contact Rob Svetz to volunteer

PRIDE PARADE!!!!, Sunday June 25th, 11:00 AM, 4th Avenue between Madison and Marion

The rumors were true. The flamingoes are here.

  • When: arrive at 10:30 – to make sure all the flamingoes get blown…..up. parade starts at 11.
  • Wear: your team suit. If you don’t have one, wear a black or pink (flamingo colored) speedo. Don’t worry, The 4′ inflatable flamingo will hide all sorts of thunder.
  • Where: we are staging in between Madison and Marion on 4th Ave. We have number 80 in the parade (a big step up from years past). We are in between Chipotle and “Thank God  for Sex”. If you get lost, listen for Juanita’s voice. It’s intoxicating and will undoubtedly draw you in.
  • Bring: water bottle, sunscreen, a small bag for your clothes, and most of all: TEAM SPIRIT!
  • Don’t bring: alcohol or intoxicating substances of any kind (they are not allowed on the parade route or staging areas)
  • At the end of the route: We know everyone will want to be dancing in the fountain at Seattle Center, but don’t run off too quickly. Be patient, follow instructions and help disassemble all of the fabulous accoutrements of Juanita’s chariot. It goes quickly with lots of hands.

In other news…..

Friday Dinner, Friday June 23, after practice, Chipotle (our corporate sponsors in the parade),  1415 Broadway

July Potluck/Annual Orcas / Frontrunners Pool Party, Saturday July 22, Colman Pool, West Seattle

   

Fat Salmon Swim, July 15, Lake Washington 

Fat Salmon is a big fundraiser for the team, and we will need volunteers on the day to help with set-up, check-in, clean up, and the most important job: fruit table arrangements. Contact here.

See you in the pool or in the parade!

2017 Pride Information

Capitol Hill Pride Festival

Capitol Hill Pride Festival takes place Saturday, June 24th on Broadway and goes all day.  Orca Swim Team is sharing a booth with other Seattle LGBTQ sports groups.  We are very excited to celebrate Pride with our community and build stronger relationships with other sports groups.

When you are out and about on Saturday, be sure to track down the booth and say hi to the Orcas and make friends with the people from the other sports groups.  It always pays to be a good athletic supporter.

Better yet, if you want to coach others on how to get involved with LGBT sports, particularly those that want to swim or want a swimmer’s body, contact Rob Svetz. Grab your whistle and blow!

Seattle Pride Parade

The 2017 Seattle Pride  takes place Sunday, June 25th on 4th Avenue.  Orca Swim Team is No. 80.  Our staging spot for the parade is on 4th Avenue between Madison and Marion.
Our staging spot is right in front of the bus stop, just south of Bartell’s Drug Store. Look for Jason’s black truck.

Our staging window is from 11:45 AM to 12:15 PM. The truck with the generator and music will be at the staging spot at 11:00 AM.

Please plan to be at the truck and ready by noon.  We will be doing some minor parade prep at the staging area.  This includes blowing up flamingos, and taping the lettering to the side of the truck.

Please stay hydrated. We will have two coolers with ice to keep drinks cool. You may want to bring sunscreen.  If you bring a bag with you to the parade you can stow it in the back of the truck.

The parade ends at 2nd Ave N and Denny Way.  The truck will not stop at the end of the parade but will continue on to a break down spot on Eagle Street. That is where you will be able to collect your bags and other things from the truck.

The map below shows the route the truck will take. If you are walking you can walk directly from 2nd Ave N and Denny Way to 101 Eagle Street.

Please note the following requirements from the parade organizers:

  • No pen flames are permitted anywhere in the staging area or parade route.
  • The selling of merchandise or services is not permitted in the staging area.
  • Testing of audio systems is permitted for a short period of time. Please be respectful of the groups around you, and minimize the volume and duration of your testing.
  • Illegal substances of any kind are not permitted. Sale, transfer, or distribution of any illegal substance will be immediately referred to SPD, and violators will be removed from the area.
  • The use of alcohol and other intoxicating substances is not permitted along the parade route.
  • Animals must always be on a leash or kenneled. Note that it is unacceptable for animals to relieve themselves on the parade route and in the staging area. Seattle Pride recommends that animals and their companions plan accordingly for this necessary activity.
  • Report the presence of protesters and protest activity to the Parade staff immediately. Do not engage any protester in any activity for any reason. Protesters will be referred to the Seattle Police Department for disposition.
  • Vehicles may not be run for more than a few minutes, until required to move forward along the parade route. Do not idle your vehicle in the staging area.
  • Please be mindful of the state of your vehicle’s battery, and do not drain your battery while testing vehicle-powered equipment.

 

Summer Swimming Schedule

Orca Swim Team practices are currently at 2:00 PM on Sunday, 7:15 AM T/TH and 6:45 PM MWF.

Beginning July 3 June 23, evening practices will be at 6:30 PM MWF.

Winter Schedule 2017 Update

Our winter quarter has finally settled down!  No we promise no more 7:45 practices (at least for a while).   Unless otherwise communicated, practices will be will be:

Monday: 7:00 PM

Tuesday: 6:05 AM

Wednesday: 7:30 PM

Thursday: 6:05 AM

Friday: 7:00 PM

Sunday: 2:00 PM