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Blue Angels arrive, Parade of Ships off West Seattle on Wednesday: It’s Seafair’s big week

Even if you missed our alerts earlier in the weekend (here and here), you might have heard, if not seen, the Blue Angels‘ flybys tonight:

 That photo is by from John Catalano – the clouds really were that amazing from Jack Block Park,
where we watched the U.S. Navy’s demonstration team do its flyby
earlier this evening, with a downtown-skyline photo op along the way.
Another view from Monica Zaborac:

 (We had a similar, though much-less clear, angle in our Twitter photo.) Monica’s closer look at the “delta” formation used for what the Navy said was a photo op:

And if you didn’t hear the roar, here’s a bit of video
as they passed over. The pilots’ publicly announced schedule doesn’t
include more flying until Wednesday, the day Blue Angel #7, a
two-seater, goes up on flights during the day with “influencers” and
media (Seafair says this year’s list includes soccer star Megan Rapinoe and Seahawks player Jimmy Graham). Then Thursday and Friday, the whole squad practices, with official airshows Saturday and Sunday.

Another reminder for this Seafair week, with West Seattle specifics:

PARADE OF SHIPS: You might see ships from the Seafair Fleet in Elliott Bay earlier in the week, but the official Parade of Ships – right past West Seattle shores on the way to the downtown waterfront – is on Wednesday afternoon. As previewed here,
three U.S. Navy ships, one U.S. Coast Guard ship, and three Canadian
Royal Navy ships are expected, and then they’ll be open for tours on the
downtown waterfront Thursday-Sunday. Full details of that are here
– but remember, on Wednesday, while 1:45 pm is the downtown “parade”
time, the ships will be visible here earlier, usually around 1 pm.

P.S. I-90 BRIDGE CLOSURES: Thursday-Sunday, the Blue
Angels practices/shows require the I-90 bridge across Lake Washington
to shut down for hours at a time. This not only loads up 520, but also
tends to cause I-5 backups approaching 90, which in turn affects the
eastbound West Seattle Bridge. Memorize the times – we’ll also include
them in our morning traffic/transit-watch reports EVERY day this week:

Thursday, July 30 – two separate bridge closures, during
which pilots will practice maneuvers and become familiar with area
geography – First Closure: 9:45 a.m.-12 p.m., Second Closure: 1:15
p.m. – 2:40 p.m.

Fri., July 31- 11:50 a.m. – 2:40 p.m. (practice show)
Sat., Aug. 1- 11:50 a.m. – 2:40 p.m. (full show)
Sun., Aug. 2 – 11:50 a.m. – 2:40 p.m. (full show)