Solstice Seattle Style

Hooray! Summer has officially arrived! Last weekend I did something that I haven’t done in almost 20 years. I attended the Fremont Solstice Parade.

The Solstice Parade, which coincides with the Fremont Fair, is an annual community event celebrating the longest day of the year. The parade is colorful and festive. It’s unique in that no motorized vehicles are allowed (people-powered entries only), you’ll see no corporate or organization logos, and it’s full of art.

This isn’t Kansas anymore, Toto. Seattle is the Emerald City and experiencing the Solstice Parade can feel like a trip to the Land of Oz. The parade kicks off with a naked bike ride. Hundreds of colorfully painted cyclists wearing little or no clothing ride the parade route first. They are followed by bands, dancers, people in costumes singing, chanting and pulling floats.

In a city that has grown rapidly and is flexing its urban muscles, I was pleased to see that a piece of old Seattle lives on in the parade.

Learn more about the Fremont Solstice Parade.

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