Fremont Solstice Parade 2019

The Fremont Arts Council Presents:
The 2019 Fremont Solstice Parade and Celebration

Saturday June 22, 2019
Start Time: 1 PM

New this year: Painted cyclists ride after the parade at 2:30 p.m.

Come celebrate the longest day of the year through profound street theater, public spectacle, and a kaleidoscope of joyous human expression. This handmade parade consists of human-powered floats and community-based ensembles.

Everyone is welcome to join the parade!
Start planning your art and ensembles!
McKay Grants for Artists
Powerhouse art studio will be open in May.
Get involved: volunteer

The Fremont Solstice Parade’s unique character is defined by a few simple rules:
☼ No printed words or logos
☼ No live animals (except guide animals):
☼ No motorized vehicles: We allow motorized vehicles for handicapped access only. Our parade is a human-powered parade!
☼ No actual or real looking weapons and no fire: Safety first!

And when the last float rolls into Gas Works Park, the celebration continues. We’re partnering with the Stay Happy Collective for this year’s Celebration at Gas Works Park. This year will feature interactive art and an amazing music lineup. A lot to absorb? Kick back and relax with a snack from a selection of food trucks and a beverage from our beer garden. See you there!

Be in the Parade!
Run the Parade!
Build the Parade!
Support the Parade!

{photo M. Jee, 2018}

March News

Board Elections and Annual Meeting March 12

This coming Committee of the Whole (COW) meeting, on March 12 is also our annual meeting and election of the Board of Directors. Come by to meet the candidates, and celebrate after the votes are counted!  FAC members be sure to cast your online ballot (per the email sent to members on March 1). Or, you may vote by paper ballot at this meeting. Details …

Petit Troll Parade —  Sunday, March 3, 2019

This petit parade is done in the spirit of Mardi Gras! Sunday, March 3rd (just before Fat Tuesday), we will do a flash-mob-style procession, pulling our tiny glittering floats through the Fremont Sunday Market while the band plays.  Details …

Fremont Solstice Parade — Saturday, June 22, 2019

McKay Grants Available for Parade Artists

Design and creation funds are available for art projects in the Fremont Solstice Parade, which transform the street into theater with social commentary and the unexpected.  McKay Artist Grants fund proposals from artists for the development of parade ensembles, art installations and other crazy ideas that elevate the artistic quality of the event.   Details …

Seeking Design Proposals for the Fremont Solstice Parade Poster

Every year we make a poster for the Fremont Solstice Parade. We also use the design elements in parade promotions. These design pieces are distributed and displayed all over the region. We invite arts to submit designs for consideration for use in this year’s campaign.  Details …

Seeking Parade Staff

In support of the 2019 Fremont Solstice Parade, the FAC is looking for a Donor Relations Coordinator, and a Parade Coordinator. These are temporary contract positions through June 30, 2019, with a volunteer stipend.  Graduate level students, looking for internship are also encouraged to apply.

Parade Call for Art Workshop Teachers

Are you interested in sharing your artistic talents in the form of a parade art workshop in the weeks leading up to the Parade?  We would love to hear from you! Let us know at

Be in the Parade!

Will you be in the parade?  Plans are percolating.   Tell us about your parade ensemble ideas!   

Parade Call for Sponsors – Support the Parade!

Be a Solstice hero! Become an individual donor, member or a sponsor, and be a part of bringing the wild and wonderful  Fremont Solstice Parade to the streets. Details …

Call for Photos

Do you have fabulous, professional quality photos of Luminata, Trolloween, Feast or other FAC events that you would like to share with us?  Perhaps they will show up on our website or social media sometime soon.  Share a link with us at  Details . . .

All Are Welcome Here

We  affirm our commitment to providing a safe and welcoming atmosphere for people of all races and backgrounds to create art and celebrations. There is no place for racism, sexism or sexual harassment at our events or in in our community.  In support of this, the Fremont Arts Council affirms our Commitment to Racial Equity and Inclusion.  Details …

Get Involved!

Volunteers are Needed!

Have you been hankering to get more involved with FAC? We need you and your talents! Let us know who you are and what you’re interested in, and we promise to find a fun way to scratch that creative itch. Volunteer …

Committee of the Whole (COW) Meeting –  Tuesday, March 12, 7-8:30 pm

This month:  Annual meeting and election of Board Members! Parade planning!  May Day! Please join us at our monthly COW meeting. This is where we come together as a community and dream up what’s next. Share ideas and one minute announcements of interest to our community. Meet and Greet and Eat snacks. Find out what the FAC is up to and how you can get involved.  Hear from and get involved with FAC leadership teams. Meet at the Powerhouse, 3940 Fremont Ave. N., Seattle at 7 pm.

Join the “FAC List” our Online Collaboration Group

The “FAC List” is a moderated discussion group for our inner circle of friends that want to stay in touch, learn about our current happenings, participate in event planning, share community art postings of interest, and help the FAC thrive. To join: visit faclist and click “apply for membership”.  Or, if you don’t have a Google account: Subscribe to our Mailing List – and check the “get more involved” option for  “FAC List – Subscribe Me”.

Support Community Art!

Want to keep the Fremont Arts Council in glitter and goo-gahs? We could not create our events and community art workshops without the support of our community. Donate or become a member …

Join a Leadership Team

Are you interested in using your time and skills to support community celebration art and events throughout the year?  This is your chance to meet a parade of new friends and grow in your knowledge about celebration art. It is a wonderful way to support the Fremont Solstice Parade and to help make community art happen and thrive.  Leadership teams gather at our monthly COW meeting on the second Tuesday each month, 7pm at the Powerhouse. Details …

Events Team:  This team plans and make possible these community celebration events, workshops, and more!

Outreach Team: This team plans and secures funding to sustain the FAC and its programs. We also organize the outreach so we can shout from the rooftops about the FAC’s artful celebrations.

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The Fremont Arts Council engages community to cultivate the spirit of celebration where everyone is an artist! Petit Troll

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McKay Grants Available for Parade Artists

Design and creation funds for art projects in the Fremont Solstice Parade, which transform the street into theater with social commentary and the unexpected.

DEADLINE: Applications must be received by April 5th, 2019

See McKay Grants for Artists page for full details and application.

In an age of mass culture, a special kind of courage is needed to bring creative self-expression into the public arena.  Dave McKay embodied this courage.  He was a celebration artist who brought his master costume-design skills, thoughtful intention, and deep attention to detail and craftsmanship to all his art, especially in his work with the Fremont Solstice Parade and Santa Barbara Summer Solstice Celebration. He believed art and art making should be a part of everyone’s life.  The primary goal of the Dave McKay Parade Art Grant Fund is to support artists in their efforts to bring engaging art to the streets of Fremont, and to enhance community creativity and collaboration.

2019 Fremont Solstice Parade & Celebration is Saturday, June 22, 2019

The FAC most often funds proposals from artists for the development of parade ensembles.  Parade ensembles are groups of five or more people, working within a common theme, performing in procession.  Proposals for parade-related art installations (Gas Works Park, gateways, etc.,) and other crazy ideas that elevate the artistic quality of the event are also accepted for funding consideration.

Applicants:  Any artist or artist group who has a vision for something awesome they want to bring to life in front of thousands of people should send us their idea.

The Fremont Arts Council (FAC) is a community-based celebration arts organization. We value volunteer-ism; community participation; artistic expression; and the sharing of arts skills.  We welcome the participation of everyone regardless of who they are, or what they think or believe.

The rules of the Fremont Solstice Parade, which make this event distinct from other types of parades, are:
· No written or printed words or logos
· No animals (except service animals)
· No motorized vehicles (except wheelchairs)
· No real (or real looking) weapons or fire.

The Fremont Arts Council’s Solstice Parade and Celebration is one of Seattle’s freakiest and most fun events. We celebrate the longest day of the year through street theater; public spectacle; and a kaleidoscope of joyous human expression! Express yourself this year in Fremont.