Thursday, January 2, 2014

January 2014 | In Pictures


Hundreds of brave souls charged into the frigid waters of Pontiac Bay during the 12th Annual Polar Bear Plunge Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014, at Matthews Beach Park in Seattle. About 300 people participated in the first Polar Bear Plunge in 2003; since then, attendance has nearly reached 1,000 attendees. (Jordan Stead, seattlepi.com)


The "12thMan, 12th Van!" approaches CenturyLink Field before the NFC Championship game against the San Francisco 49ers Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014, in Pioneer Square in Seattle. (Jordan Stead, seattlepi.com)


Proud, pants-less participants meander through the airport during the fifth annual No Pants Light Rail Ride Sunday, Jan. 12, 2014, from Seattle to SeaTac. Presented by Emerald City Improv, the event brought hundreds to ride the Central Link light rail, pretending nothing was different about their bottomless wardrobes than any other day of the year. (Jordan Stead, seattlepi.com)


Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, center, pulls on his NFC Championship outfit following a 23-17 win over the San Francisco 49ers Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014, at CenturyLink Field in Seattle. The Seahawks will face off against the Denver Broncos in the Super Bowl on Feb. 2. (Jordan Stead, seattlepi.com)


Supporters proceed down East Pine Street, pushing strollers of sleeping children, hoisting signs and breaking into song during the 32nd “Rise Up! Restore the Dream!” annual celebration for Martin Luther King, Jr., on Monday, Jan. 20, 2014, in Seattle. A mass of hundreds walked from Garfield High School to Westlake Park. The event also included a rally and a workshop. (Jordan Stead, seattlepi.com)


Sweat glistens on Charles Frere while hiking the 2.2 mile stretch of the 32nd “Rise Up! Restore the Dream!” annual celebration for Martin Luther King, Jr., on Monday, Jan. 20, 2014, in Seattle. A mass of hundreds walked from Garfield High School to Westlake Park. The event also included a rally and a workshop. (Jordan Stead, seattlepi.com)


Families of fans play catch on the turf during the 16th annual Mariners FanFest Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014, at Safeco Field in Seattle. Fans could tour the Mariners' clubhouse, ride two different zip lines over Safeco Field and hit a simulated Felix Hernandez fastball in a batting cage. The event runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are $10 for adults, with children 14 and under admitted for free. (Jordan Stead, seattlepi.com)


The Space Needle is seen through a water-spotted, clear tent roof Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014, on the Seattle Center grounds in Seattle. (Jordan Stead, seattlepi.com)


A fan with a helmet-styled umbrella walks to the Seahawks Super Bowl Rally Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014, on the Seattle Center grounds in Seattle. Mayor Ed Murray, former  Seahawks players, Blitz, the Sea Gals and the Blue Thunder band made an appearance in addition to a live performance by the top 40 cover band, Curb Appeal. (Jordan Stead, seattlepi.com)


Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch awaits the beginning of a playoff game against the New Orleans Saints Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014, at CenturyLink Field in Seattle. The Seahawks led the Saints 16-0 at the half. (Jordan Stead, seattlepi.com)


A superfan's car is decked out with logos and a large "12th Man" insignia as part of the "Hawkitecture" fad sweeping Seattle in preparation for Seahawks playoff season games Friday, Jan. 3, 2014, in Seattle. (Jordan Stead, seattlepi.com)


Proud participants shed their trousers for the fifth annual No Pants Light Rail Ride Sunday, Jan. 12, 2014, from Seattle to SeaTac. Presented by Emerald City Improv, the event brought hundreds to ride the Central Link light rail, pretending nothing was different about their bottomless wardrobes than any other day of the year. (Jordan Stead, seattlepi.com)


Brayden Castro, 12, plays catch with his father, not pictured, during the 16th annual Mariners FanFest Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014, at Safeco Field in Seattle. Fans could tour the Mariners' clubhouse, ride two different zip lines over Safeco Field and hit a simulated Felix Hernandez fastball in a batting cage. The event runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are $10 for adults, with children 14 and under admitted for free. (Jordan Stead, seattlepi.com)


Image © Jordan Stead & Strideline. 2014.


San Francisco 49ers fans take to the streets during a rally before the NFC Championship game against the Seattle Seahawks Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014, in Pioneer Square in Seattle. (Jordan Stead, seattlepi.com)


Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, left, fumbles the ball on the first play during the first half of the NFC Championship game against the San Francisco Chronicle Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014, at CenturyLink Field in Seattle. (Jordan Stead, seattlepi.com)


A fan decked out in the full uniform of former San Francisco 49ers  fullback Thomas Dean Rathman, left, plants a friendly kiss on the head of Seahawks fan Karen Hastings, right, during a rally before the NFC Championship game Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014, in Pioneer Square in Seattle. (Jordan Stead, seattlepi.com)


Stadium security takes down a fan who jumped the barricade to run toward the players following a 23-17 Seahawks win over the San Francisco 49ers at the NFC Championship game Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014, at CenturyLink Field in Seattle. The Seahawks will face off against the Denver Broncos in the Super Bowl on Feb. 2. (Jordan Stead, seattlepi.com)


A single wall is all that remains of the iconic Ballard tavern The Viking - a wall with a hidden mural recently discovered by wrecking crews. Photographed Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014, in Seattle. The building was razed to make way for a development called the Ballard Lofts. (Jordan Stead, seattlepi.com)


Susan Meldahl, center right, lets out a rallying cry amongst the thousands of diehard 12th Man fans that lined South 188th Street to see off the Seahawks team buses on their way to the airport en route to New York for Super Bowl XLVIII Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014, in SeaTac. (Jordan Stead, seattlepi.com)


A crane just left of the Space Needle boasts blue-green light and a "12th Man" flag as part of the "Hawkitecture" fad sweeping Seattle in preparation for Seahawks playoff season games Friday, Jan. 3, 2014, in Seattle. (Jordan Stead, seattlepi.com)


Fai Mathews, 61, gathers an armful of signs while preparing to walk the 32nd “Rise Up! Restore the Dream!” annual celebration for Martin Luther King, Jr., on Monday, Jan. 20, 2014, in Seattle. Mathews' portrait of MLK, in her left hand, has been in her family for 30 years. A mass of hundreds walked from Garfield High School to Westlake Park. The event also included a rally and a workshop. (Jordan Stead, seattlepi.com)

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