Fremont Solstice Parade: Fun In The Rain

Photo: Courtesy of the Fremont Arts Council

A little drizzle didn’t get in the way of Seattle’s famously liberated festival.

Even though summer has been hiding in Seattle this year, crowds poured in with the rain on June 18 to kick off the 23rd annual Solstice parade in Fremont.

Photo: Courtesy of the Fremont Arts Council

The weekend long festival celebrating the longest day of the year included street vendors, performances, live music, and a parade celebrating the eclectic quirky neighborhood of Fremont, or as residents like to call it, “the center of the universe.”

Spirits were high among performers and onlookers who cheered the skillfully painted — and notably, naked — bikers who raced down Fremont Avenue Saturday morning. Approximately 100,000 people were predicted to be in the neighborhood for the weekend festivities, and Seattleites did not let down expectations. Beer gardens were full, clothes were off, and individuality was expressed.

Parade floats included a “cuptoctopus” an octopus made from recycled paper cups from Starbucks; a gigantic dung beetle followed by a large rolling turd; and a zombie pirate ship.

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Photos Courtesy of Tom Wright Photography

After the parade excitement died down, people flocked over to Gas Works Park for food and beer. Live music was also feaured, courtesy of local artists Million Dollar Nile, Super Sones, The Diving Bell, and many more. Bands on the main stage performed until 7 p.m. and day drinkers transformed into night owls as they headed back to Fremont to celebrate into the wee hours of the night.

On Sunday morning, The Fremont Fair had booths lined up along the Burke Gilman trail by the waterfront in Fremont, with favored fair treats like corn on the cob and elephant ears; free giveaways from Kashi to Dave’s Bread; and quirky art for sale alongside leather fanny packs and wool ponchos.

Live music set the vibe in the beer garden, and held on until 6 p.m. to conclude the free spirited, anything goes weekend events. Proceeds from the festival were donated to a number of local non-profits including Solid Ground, a local poverty-focused nonprofit that actually hosted the fair 40 years earlier.