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Published on June 22nd, 2011 | by Michael Ricciardi

Scenes from the 2011 Fremont Solstice Parade in Seattle {VIDEOS}

Each year on the Saturday before or on June 21, tens of thousand line up along a one mile stretch just north of Seattle’s Lake Union (the famed Fremont neighborhood) to witness a celebration of all things Summertime (often under sprinkling, over-cast skies), ecological, alternative, creative and just plain freaky…oh, and naked (sometimes painted) people on bicycles!

The event has been going and growing for over two decades, and last year it got a feature in the NY Times. This year featured a giant octopus made of coffee cups (see the video!)

Here are some pix (click to enlarge; images are LARGE) and some cool video clips…Enjoy and Happy Summer!

solstice parade

peace nature mama

Sasquatch goes green

Saturday go to Solstice best

balloons, pretty girls in petticoats, squabbling leprechauns

the hipper, darker, circus crowd joins in too


And Here’s the Center piece of the parade methinks (sorry: no live audio; dubbed music!):


…and here’s another great, giant puppet to honor an imperiled animal:


…but how could I forget the Giant Dung Beetle (complete with giant dung ball!)?



…and who doesn’t enjoy watching beautiful belly dancers?



…and a few more!







All Photos and Video by M. Ricciardi






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About the Author

Michael Ricciardi is a well-published writer of science/nature/technology articles as well as essays, poetry and short fiction. Michael has interviewed dozen of scientists from many scientific fields, including Brain Greene, Paul Steinhardt, Arthur Shapiro, and Nobel Laureate Ilya Progogine (deceased).
Michael was trained as a naturalist and taught natural science on Cape Cod, Mass. from 1986-1991. His first arts grant was for production of the environmental (video) documentary ‘The Jones River – A Natural History’, 1987-88 (Kingston, Mass.).
Michael is an award winning, internationally screened video artist. Two of his more recent short videos; ‘A Time of Water Bountiful’ and ‘My Name is HAM’ (an “imagined memoir” about the first chimp in space), and several other short videos, can be viewed on his website ( He is also the author of the ebook ‘Zombies, E.T’s, and The Super Entity – A Selection of Most Stimulating Articles’ and for Kindle: Artful Survival ~ Creative Options for Chaotic Times

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