The annual celebration takes place this weekend, Junein Seattle. The solstice falls on Wednesday, June 21, the day of the year with the most hours of sunlight, certainly worth a celebration starting a few days early. The Solstice Parade starts with the Solstice Cyclists Ride, a large contingent of bicyclists mostly clad only in body paint riding the parade route before the official parade begins.
Painted cyclists will cycle after the Parade, beginning at pm. Everyone is always invited to witness the spectacle of people-powered ensembles weaving through the streets of Fremont with music, dancers, stilt walkers, floats, and an abundance of breathtaking art. For over 30 years the soul of the Parade has dwelled in its participants, the artists and volunteers, and what each brings to the streets.
How did is it already time for Solstice? Well, you better strip down and enjoy the party. Or just people-watch.
The Fremont Solstice Parade attracted crowds, vendors and naked bike riders for the annual summer celebration this weekend. The Fremont Arts Council says anyone can participate in the parade. The parade puts an emphasis on creative expression and encourages hand-made costumes and props. The parade celebrates Summer Solstice, the longest day of the year.
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The Fremont Solstice Parade attracted crowds, vendors and naked bike riders for the annual summer celebration this weekend. The Fremont Arts Council says anyone can participate in the parade. The parade puts an emphasis on creative expression and encourages hand-made costumes and props.
Hundreds of stark-naked people covered in elaborate body paint flood the street, parading about on bicycles, roller-skates, on foot, and on all sorts of weird transportation. The Fremont Solstice Parade has been adding a whimsical, scantily clad bit of fun to the area since Thousands of people come to both watch and participate in the festivities, which are part of the Fremont Fair.
The event was started by streakers who crashed the parade. The first person to do so may have done so on a dare. Participants now emphasize bodypainting and other artistry. The group is the largest and fastest growing ensemble associated with the parade.
This year we will be focusing around a riding contingent painted in the Cascadian colors, and cycling as a block of blue white and green! Once we reach the end of the parade at Gasworks Park, we will dance, wave flags, and have a table with flyers and flags to share the Cascadia love. We will have blue, white, green and black paint available and small bicycle flags available by donation so you can fly the flag whatever paint design you have in mind for your body.