Thousands of sun-starved people packed the streets for the 30th running of the Fremont Solstice Parade, and the weather couldn’t have been any better. As they do every year, the naked cyclists kicked off the action, turning heads on Market St. in Ballard before heading back to Fremont to lead off the parade. “This was […]
It’s Fremont’s biggest weekend of the year, and the forecast is sunny and warm. The occasionally-naked and always-colorful Solstice Parade kicks things off tomorrow (Saturday) and the Fremont Fair runs all weekend. Streets start closing at noon, and that’s about the time the naked cyclists typically make a swing through Ballard to get the blood […]
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…
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)…
Remember, don’t try to drive through Fremont for the next few hours, unless you’re trying to get to the Solstice parade. Here’s the parade route. We’ll post a few photos later this afternoon.