Commemorative Space Needle Toppers

Even better than a billboard, the Space Needle is a prominent way to get a message across.
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Since its construction, we’ve been decorating the Space Needle to commemorate special occasions.

A crustacean ascended the Space Needle in October, 1985 as a publicity stunt for Fish and Seafood Month.


In July, 2008, the Sub Pop flag was flown in honor of the local record label’s 20th anniversary.


Squatch helped paint a Sonics mural atop the Needle in June, 1996.


In June, 2010, the Gay Pride flag flew for the first time.


The Seahawks’ 12th Man flag makes regular appearances during football season.


Not even 18-foot tall letters painted in October, 2006, could make the city slogan “metronatural” a good idea.

King Kong paid the Needle a visit in October, 1987, for a United Way fundraiser.


Every Christmas, a tree made of lights tops off the Needle

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