Former Newcastle resident has ducks, and Seahawks, in a row

February 4, 2014

By Christina Corrales-Toy

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NEW — 4:10 p.m. Feb. 4, 2014

Contributed Mikie Coffman, formerly of Newcastle, general manager of Ride the Ducks, stands near one of the business’ 17 duck tour vehicles.

Contributed Mikie Coffman, formerly of Newcastle, general manager of Ride the Ducks, stands near one of the business’ 17 duck tour vehicles.

An estimated 300,000 people are expected to line the Seattle streets to watch the Super Bowl champion Seahawks parade through the city Feb. 5.

The Seahawks will travel on Ride the Ducks amphibious vehicles. Ride the Ducks is a company that provides fun, scenic tours of the city and just so happens to bear a Newcastle connection.

Until just six months ago, the company’s general manager Mikie Coffman called Newcastle home. She lived in Newcastle since 2006 and recently moved to downtown Seattle to be closer to work.

“My heart is still in Newcastle,” she said “I still have friends at the Starbucks.”

Ride the Ducks got the call from the Seahawks expressing interest in using its vehicles for the Feb. 5 parade on Monday, just a day after the Super Bowl. Coffman said she screamed with delight when she heard the news.

“It’s wild,” she said. “We were absolutely so excited, thrilled and honored.”

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It’s been a whirlwind of controlled chaos around the office since, said Brian Tracey, Ride the Ducks’ CEO and president, but he wouldn’t have it any other way.

“We’re just so honored to be part of one of the biggest celebrations in the history of Seattle,” he said.

Tracey said the company will have 12 Ducks in the parade that will be occupied by Seahawks players, coaches, staff and Sea Gals.

The company’s been working with the city and the team around the clock to hammer out logistics. The plan’s changed seven times already, Coffman estimated, but she said she can’t wait to see it come to fruition.

“We’ve really become a part of Seattle,” she said. “You think Ducks, you think Seattle and we’re just so excited to be a part of this.”

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