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I've lived in the Seattle area for almost 20-years and have never made it over to the Fremont Solstice Parade, and I can't believe it's taken me this long to make it! Hell, I want to be in it now! I took a lot of pictures, but let's face it, when you're taking pictures of naked people on bicycles, how do you stop?
Fremont is one of the funkiest neighborhoods in Seattle and calls itself the "Center of the Universe." Here's a description of the parade from a website describing it:
Once a year, the denizens of Fremont come out in force to throw a parade. It's a parade unlike many you have ever seen before. There are no advertisements, there are no animals, there are no written words, there are no motorized vehicles. It's a human-powered parade fueled by imagination. The Fremont Solstice Parade is really a month-long celebration of community and it's open to anyone. It is a time for sharing ideas, creating whimsical floats and costumed entourages. It is a time to let your inner child play to tens of thousands of spectators. The Fremont Solstice Parade even sponsors workshops where artists from around the world come to share ideas and breathe fresh ideas into the celebration, which helps it continually reinvent itself. The Parade starts at noon on the closest Saturday to the Summer Solstice (June 21) and is open to anyone to attend. It is sponsored and organized by the Fremont Arts Council, which derives support for the parade from donations from around the community. For more information, visit: www.fremontartscouncil.org.
Our friend Pat lives about a block off the parade route and when we told her we were going to go this year she gave us the royal treatment, along with our mutual friends Cyndi and Stan. She secured a spot the night before, setting out a blanket, lawn chairs and pillows on a grassy spot right next to the street. She even set aside her reserved parking spots and put up a sign marking it for us so we didn't have to remember the space number! We thoroughly enjoyed the parade and then went back to Pat's for an incredible lunch. It couldn't have been more perfect!
I wanted my shots of the parade to be as immersive as possible, so I used a new photo album software package to make the album page work like a slideshow. All you have to do is click on the large picture on the page and it will move to the next one, but if, at any time, you want to search through the thumbnails for a particular shot you can use the little thumbnails at the top of the page.
Warning: The Fremont Solstice Parade is known for its nude cyclists, and we're talking the "full monty" for both men and women, so if you don't want to see that, then don't look at the photo album!
Click here to download a zip file with all the photos from the photo album