Oh Seattle, you are ridiculous.
I have the pleasure of both living and working in the wonderfully hip and eccentric neighborhood of Fremont. Each year, the Fremont Arts Council sponsors the Fremont Solstice Parade, an event that hosts has over 50,000 people crowded into a neighborhood (guessing) maybe 10 blocks by 10 blocks. The parade kicks off the Fremont Fair, a benefit for local organizations.
For more information on Fremont, check out this link.
Though the entire Festival and Fair lasts all weekend, the main attraction is the pageant, a large-scale community play using over a hundred dancers, musicians and giant puppets, follows the parade at the end of the parade route at Gas Works Park, where I’m TOLD people just light up and smoke weed all day long.
Admission to the fair is free.
The parade is famous for its wild and creative floats and ensembles and for the Solstice Cyclists who strip down before the parade and paint their bodies unofficially start the parade every year.
My video of the naked cyclists can be found HERE! 🙂 You know you’re going to watch. NSFW, obviously.
Check out pictures of the parade below!
Nothing wakes you up more than a fat giddy clown skipping down the sidewalk.
Nothing is more sad than an angel who sucks at rollerbladeing!
And the parade has begun!
It was an hour and a half long parade.
Hot pink tutu on stilts.
Blasting music from a giant stereo!
Indian culture dancing.
Yeah, I have no idea what this is actually.
It’s not a parade without a drumline.
Peace Corps with Peace Flags
Peace flag up close.
I think these are the downtown Seattle hookers.
Awesome costume, made of Nerf bullets?
Ms. Peacock at the Fremont Solstice Parade with her turban.
Volunteers from the Center for Wooden Boats on South Lake Union.
I forget who they are but they were awesome.
Maybe they were the Winter Solstice folks crashing the parade?
Trash dragon made from stuff found all over the streets.
Dragon eating trash bags. Get yourself some reusable bags!
FLYING SPAGHETTI MONSTER!!! Pastafarians running rampant in Fremont.
More nonsense down the street.
Haha our coworker who doesn’t know we saw him in the parade.
I wanted to pop that thing so badly…
Beer Garden! Didn’t know there was a Liquor Garden next door. Next year…
X-Men rave fest on Lego truck. Not kidding.
Yu Live, Yu Enjoy Summer Solstice