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Fremont Solstice Parade – Bare Bums and all

Just around the corner is the summer solstice where we celebrate the longest day of summer and prepare for winter as we watch our sunlight hours dwindle away. For most of us in Seattle however, we are confused as we have not had the joy of seeing the sun yet and now it is time to say goodbye.

Well I guess if we have to celebrate it we may as well do it in style and spend the weekend of June 21st/22nd frolicking with the funky Fremont community and the Solstice Parade. 16.jpg

Renowned for bringing out creativity and beauty in everyone there are only four rules to joining in:
* No printed words or recognizable logos.
* No live animals (except guide animals).
* No motorized vehicles (except necessary wheelchairs).
* No (real) weapons.

Cover yourself in body paint, wear traditional clothes, dance, sing and possibly ride naked on a bike. 1.jpg

“Now in its 20th year, the annual Fremont Solstice Parade began in 1989 and has become a favorite citywide community art parade in Seattle’s neighborhood of “funky” Fremont. An unparalleled demonstration of free speech, creativity, art and community, we cast a spell of joy, hope and rebirth that spreads from Fremont to the entire universe. We welcome wild, weird, engaging, surprising, delightful, beautiful, collaborative, innovative art of all stripes.” Fremont Arts Council 11.jpg

Here is your chance to find your inner child, to cover the pavement in colorful chalk, to stare at colors and crafts and join in a parade celebrating life, love and diversity. 13.jpg