Scenes from the Solstice Parade

As is customary, a group of naked cyclists swung through Ballard on a warm-up ride. Here they are in Old Ballard…

Then at 1 p.m., the cyclists kicked off the Fremont parade in style…

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Trump was everywhere…


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#resist even in times of celebration. #fremontsolsticeparade

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Thousands of people came to watch…

#solsticeparade #freemont

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Glad I came to this

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A few creative costumes…

Love you too, Seattle 🌞#fremont #solsticeparade #seattle

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I'm a parade gal

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Scenes from the Solstice Parade

Thousands of people jammed the streets of Fremont at noon today to celebrate the beginning of summer with the annual Solstice Parade.

As is tradition, beads-o-plenty were tossed into the crowd.

The beautifully-designed floats and costumes took on a summer Mardi Gras theme (and in many cases, political themes.)

The parade seems to attract a larger and larger crowd every year. There were so many people — and many had staked out positions hours ahead of time — it was just about impossible to squeeze from the street to the sidewalk.

Even J.P Patches made an appearance. And what about the parade’s most famous participants: the naked, painted cyclists? Click through for a few more photos (and My Ballard reader Nina shot many more on on Flickr here)…