The decision to move the nude cyclists to the end of the Fremont Solstice Parade caused quite a bit of controversy when it was announced in March, and now, the organizers have decided to bring it back to the beginning of the parade. We decided to try having the cyclists go after the Parade this year so they could loop as much as they wanted without delaying the Parade. Bowdoin and Leary Ave. At pm, the parade route is closed and cleared by Seattle Police. There will be no looping this year in order to cut back on congestion. The parade will be on Saturday, June 22nd — more info can be found here.
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The event was started by streakers who crashed the parade. The first people to do so were a small group of friends and roommates from the adjacent Wallingford neighborhood, several of whom were bicycle couriers by trade. Participants now emphasize bodypainting and other artistry. The group is the largest and fastest growing ensemble associated with the parade. The parade, put on by Fremont Arts Council, is held on a Saturday close to the actual solstice.
Saturday: Fremont Solstice naked/painted bike ride + How to join
Photo by John Cornicello used with permission. For about a quarter century, people have been biking ahead of the Fremont Solstice Parade in various states of nudity and body art. In the past decade, the number of participants has ballooned, and the ride has become an iconic cultural phenomenon in our city. Biking is your best bet, of course. The bike ride starts at 1 p.
It is a fantastic celebration of the return of the sun, complete with larger than life puppets, floats, and street performers. The parade operates with 4 guidelines — no printed words or recognizable logos, no motor vehicles, no live animals, and no guns or weapons. The parade is on the Saturday on or before the solstice every year. Depending upon the complexity of your design, painting can take from 45 minutes to 4 hours.