Celebrating Summer at the Solstice Parade

Around here, summer is kind of a big deal. The scarcity of sunshine in the northwest makes us really appreciate the season when it finally arrives. We collectively crawl out of our cozy winter burrows to celebrate–sunny days are here again! It’s little wonder the world-famous Solstice Parade at the annual Fremont Fair attracts so many people year after year.The weather on Saturday was nothing short of flawless, and spectators showed up to the parade in droves.

You know who also showed up to the parade in droves?

So many naked cyclists

If you’ve never attended the Solstice Parade, the first and most important thing you should know is this: painted naked people on bicycles. By the hundreds. So many painted naked people. On bicycles. The experience can be a bit shocking at first for the uninitiated, but after a while, the genitalia whizzing by on two wheels becomes old hat and you can really just throw yourself into the experience and enjoy the fun. The Solstice Cyclists start just before the parade, really ramping up the revelry with their boldness and creativity. The cyclists seemed to have doubled in number over last year, and it was thrilling and empowering to see so many people celebrating and being celebrated, “perfect” bodies or not.

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Solstice cyclist at Solstice Parade in Fremont, Seattle, Washington

Solstice cyclist at Solstice Parade, Fremont, Seattle, Washington.

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Oh, and there’s also a parade of not-naked people not on bicycles. Instead, we have clothed people on unicycles and stilts and parade floats. Not nearly as visually provocative as naked people on bicycles but enjoyable nonetheless.

Sun worshipers in the Solstice Parade in Fremont, Seattle, Washington

Band in the Solstice Parade in Fremont, Seattle, Washington

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Revelers in 2014 Solstice Parade in Fremont, Seattle, Washington

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Dancers at 2014 Solstice Parade in Fremont, Seattle, Washington

Solstice Parade in Fremont, Seattle, Washington

I ended my solstice Saturday with two bottles of VitaminWater, a random discussion on body image and the merits of T&A (obviously), and getting an incredible farmer’s tan on my feet thanks to my Tevas. In sum, I was all partied out. By the time I’d hobbled my way home, I’d trashed my plans to catch the sunset at almost 10 pm, opting to slink into bed for the evening instead.

Summer 2014 is off to a great start.

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