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2019 Fremont Solstice Parade!

Saturday June 22, 2019 at 1:00 pm

Start: NW 39th St and Leary Way NW
Finish: Gas Works Park for the Fremont Solstice Celebration

Celebrate with us on the longest day of the year with the Fremont Arts Council’s most spectacular event! Join more than 40 dazzling community-based ensembles parading down the streets of Fremont with giant puppets, stilt walkers, floats, dancers and musicians in this kaleidoscope of joyous human expression. Then, we end the parade with the Fremont Solstice Celebration at Gas Works Park, where we celebrate with local and national street bands, food trucks, beer garden, and more art!

What makes the Fremont Solstice Parade unique?

    • EVERYONE CAN BE AN ARTIST. Full participation is completely open to the public.
    • PEOPLE POWERED. No motorized vehicles are allowed
    • ALL ABOUT THE ART. No printed words or logos are allowed. Participants relish the challenge of proclaiming their message through creative expression.

Watch the Parade!

All are Welcome Here!

The Fremont Solstice Parade is a family friendly, and beloved Seattle event.  We welcome spectators to check out the route map below for parade viewing areas and other useful information.  A map of the Fremont area is available HERE.

The street closure along the route occurs at 12:30 PM
The Parade begins at 1 PM

Timing and Getting Here: 

  • We invite everyone to begin their day early. Parking is scarce and carpooling or public transportation is advised.

Parade Map  available HERE!

Check out Who’s in the Parade?

Follow us to Gas Works for the Fremont Solstice Celebration!

Green Hat Donations: Show your support for the parade! During the parade you will see our green hat fundraisers collecting donations for the artistic content of the parade. Every donation is extremely important to help this community event continue to happen. We welcome you to engage with our fundraisers to have fun and give big!

Support the Parade!

Please support the Sponsors of the 2019 Fremont Solstice Parade!

Who’s in the Parade? 2019

Check out who’s signed up so far!   How about you?   Everyone is an Artist!  Click here to find out how you can:  Be in the Parade!

  • Alice in Wonderland. West Coast Kickball League. We will have a giant Chesire Cat and other magical characters.
  • Ancient Egypt. The over 40 crowd taps into its inner ancient Egyptian. Egyptian Kings, Queens, Pharaohs, and Sphinxes.
  • Belltown Dancers. Dance fitness students from Belltown Dance Studio.
  • BF Day Sun Dragons.  The Sun Dragons of B.F. Day Elementary celebrate the longest day of the year.
  • Bloco Pacifico – Flow of Water.  The stories of Seattle are the stories of water: Our mountains are shaped by water, with glaciers and fields of snow. The life of Seattle is the cycle of water itself; clouds, rain, rivers, and seas. Bloco Pacifico seeks to embody and embrace that wellspring of excitement while bringing joyful music to the streets of Fremont. Bloco Pacifico, a Brazilian music and dance collective plays Community Samba—a world-wide musical, artistic, and cultural movement based on the principles of openness, inclusion, diversity, cultural identity, generous hospitality, and a shared love of Brazilian-based rhythms, dance, and song.
  • Boot Boogie Babes, Seattle’s Line Dance Team.  The Boot Boogie Babes have gained world-wide popularity with their unique brand of line dancing”.  We provide a safe space for women of all ages, sizes, and backgrounds to find personal growth through dance and friendships! This is our 6th year in the parade and our absolute favorite event we do every year! Thanks for having us again!
  • Bullish. Ferdinand the Bull -esque, inflatable bull with people to lead him, as flowers/bulls/matadors
  • Bureau of Alien Interactions. Death by Heat: An orca skeleton frame supported by internal balloons. The Hindenburg dies in sudden fire. The orca dies in slow warming.
  • Cascadia Ensemble.  We would like to create a mythical creature float & ensemble – partnering with several groups, with a few fun workshops leading up to the day of, and lots of work also taking place in the week of.
  • Celtic LithaCelebratimg the Summer Solstice, Celtic Style. Representing the horned god, Cernunnos, and the flowering Goddess, Ostara.
  • Daydream Believers.A swan float and bubble wands to delight the kid in all of us.
  • Extinction Rebellion. Extinction Rebellion calls for peaceful direct action to address the climate breakdown and extinction crisis.
  • Flower Ladies. The flower ladies wear huge flower hats and dance like fools.
  • Flying Spaghetti Monster.  Seattle Pastafarians.
  • Green Hat Rats!  Brought to us by the Rat City Roller Girls.  Fill the Green Hat and support the Parade!   These folks put the “fun” in fundraising!  Support from our friends makes it possible to keep the parade coming back.   Be sure to make a donation to help fill the Green Hat!
  • HonkFest All-Stars.  We are a collection of musicians in various Honkfest bands. We will be playing at the gay pride fest as well.
  • Kasvot Växt. Scandinavian progressive rock band Kasvot Växt and super fans.
  • Marmalade.Funk, Soul, Improv and a whole lot of fun! Dance your way to Gas Works.
  • Muirgan, the Mermaid and the Barnacle Babes.  (The Great Port Townsend Bay Kinetic Sculpture Race). Muirgan, the Mermaid will travel on Kinetic Sculpture Plan DD accompanied by a host of sash-saying mermaids! Mermaids dancing through the parade, along with kinetic sculptures Mermaid, Man Eating Clam, Spaghetti Monster and Sea Anemone Number #1.  We always encourage crowd members to join our dance and come along with the fun!
  • Mythical Creatures.  This pair of Mythical Creatures wander the world together, floating around, playing with others and interacting with the crowd.  When the pair come together, they create a magical gate, which people are encouraged to walk through. The intention is a transformational experience into a magical world.  Roving Mythical costumed characters will parade with these giant creatures, creating a world within the world of the Solstice Parade.
  • Our Beginnings Preschool
  • Rainbow City Marching Band and Spin OUT. A non-profit community band consisting of LGBTQ and allied musicians who come together to perform in the Pacific Northwest, bringing the joy of music, energy, and Pride.  Founded in 1998 to promote acceptance and awareness of the LGBTQ community. We foster music education, community building, social service and friendships. RCB is led by Artistic Director Timothy V. Norris, Jr. With our color guard, spinOUT, we aim to make music, make friends, make a difference and always make it better. #BetterWithTheBand
  • Samba OlyWa. A groovin’ community samba band from Olympia!
  • Savoy Swing Club Performance Troupe. We are experienced swing dancers who perform dances from the 20s to the 40s. We perform at Folklife every year. The group has been dancing for many years, are a non-profit, and would love to be part of the Parade!
  • Seattle for a Green New Deal.  350 Seattle. The Green New Deal, whose time has come! A giant scales with ropes to pull on to tip the scales from the red, with polluting refineries, etc. on the heavy oily side, to Green depicted as sustainable energy and communities. Two giant green hands in smaller carts will come together to shake each other, making a green deal. Beautiful batik banners will depict the emerging healthy life force and other beautiful and powerful images, props, and music to bring the Green New Deal to life.
  • Seattle Steep Pan Project – Carnival is Color.  Seattle Steel Pan Project is a multi-cultural, multi-generational Caribbean steel drum ensemble based in Seattle.  The music being played today is both from Trinidad and Brazil.
  • Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence the Abbey of St. Joan.
  • Sky Writers
  • Sunflower Brigade. Bees and sunflowers buzzing around.
  • Tie Dye Kazoo Marching Band. The intention of this ensemble is to make it as accessible to participation as possible. We’ll be wearing tie-dye for a somewhat unified, colorful, and very fun visual look.  Our musical instruments will be Kazoos, and maybe the occasional toy drum. Some people will have practiced a bit before the parade, but others are welcome to join us last-minute.  We are also hoping to bring extra kazoos and tie-dye apparel with us during the parade to encourage spectators to become participants. Songs will be upbeat, familiar and easy to learn on-the-fly. We’ll be Tie-Dyeing shirts for our ensemble! Join us! Check us out on Facebook.
  • Vam Studios.
  • Walk of the Horned God. Several people, one dressed as Horned God to celebrate solstice and others dressed as fawns to show our love of the Horned God.
  • We Won’t Go Back. Abortion on Demand – We Won’t Go Back!

(follow us to Gasworks Park or more fun!)

 

Follow us to Gas Works Park

Follow the Fremont Solstice Parade into Gas Works Park for a grand, FREE celebration from 1:00-10:15 PM on June 22, 2019; the Fremont Solstice Celebration!

We’re partnering with the Stay Happy Collective for this year’s Celebration. There will be a profusion of interactive fun and an amazing music lineup. Kick back and raise a glass at our beer garden! featuring Fremont Brewing, Hale’s Ales, and Schilling Cider! Proceeds directly support the Parade and Celebration.  Top it off with a hearty meal from a wide selection of Food Trucks to feed us all after a joyous parade. Top it off with a hearty meal from a wide selection of Food Trucks to feed us all after a joyous parade.

Who is providing the entertainment?

  • 1-1:45 The Evanstones
  • 2-2:45 Booty and the Beat (Kowboy)
  • 3- 3:45 Trick Candles
  • 4-4:45 SUS
  • 5-5:45 Push 4 Luv
  • 6-6:45 General Mojo’s
  • 7-7:45 La Fonda
  • 8-8:45 Miss Shelrawka
  • 8:30- 10 Emerald City Dragons

Who is providing the good eats?

Get involved!

We are always on the lookout for volunteers to help out with this event. Please visit our volunteer page to sign up to help!

Support the Fremont Solstice Parade and Celebration!
 

{Photo by P. Gordon, 2016}