Fremont Solstice Parade (2023)

✍️ 🕑 • Series: Steve in Seattle • Tags: paradessummersolsticeNSFW • Places: Fremont

Hello again, readers!

I realize I haven't updated this blog in forever, and I have good excuses for that. The main ones are work, mononucleosis, and work again, in that order. I'm actually still kinda under the weather and tired out easy, which gives me a good excuse to stay at home and work on music instead of this blog.

In the meantime, though, Chelsea and I spent a little bit of time yesterday enjoying the solstice parade in the quirky Fremont neighborhood of Seattle. I brought my camera with me, but I didn't really think of the outing in photographic terms -- I wanted to enjoy the parade, and enjoy being out and about without stressing myself and my body too much.


The sun! At last!
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The parade bills itself as a kaleidoscope of human expression, and that is absolutely true. It was a joyful, joyful event, with people being absolutely psyched to welcome summer, and with a great variety of body paint, costumes, and floats. Written words are banned per the wishes of the Fremont Art Council. Creativity and expression rule the day.

The first portion of the parade, or perhaps the pre-parade consisted of a great variety of cyclists, many of whom were nude.

So, yes I caution that many of the photos in this post include nudity. Please take that into account and continue reading!


Bikes

I'll say from a photographic perspective, grabbing shots of people on bicycles on parade on a cloudy day is challenging, especially when I was pretty deadset on remaining on the sidelines and doing my best not to get in anyone's way. As I said, my goal wasn't photography, these pictures are a happy bonus.



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Floats N'at

By this point, Chelsea and I made our way towards the center of Fremont, ideally seeking some sustenance without crazy lines. My bet was that the pelmeni place would provide, and it did. As we made our way, floats started to process, and we stopped to watch them. Eventually, I did take a break, order food, and catch the very end of the parade. So, I missed some stuff, but y'know I was hungry. (And I need to make sure I look after myself these days.)




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Furries also took part in the parade.
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This group of dancers seemed to be the end of the parade, but viewing them over the thick crowd was a challenge.
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Lenin's back -- an ideal Fremont vantage point
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Festivities and a fair continued after the parade. But, with the main attraction over and my energy levels low, I bid farewell to Fremont.

Until next time!




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