6.19.2006

Fremont, Proving Again Why it is the "Center of the Universe"

The highlight of this weekend was the annual Fremont Fair and Solstice Parade. Hundreds of artists, dancers and exhibitionists unite and create a wonderfully bizarre experience. We found a great spot to sit right at 35th and Stone Way. The parade is traditionally kicked off by nude bicyclists, though this year they were accompanied by nude walkers, skate-boarders, unicyclists and an elderly scarf enthusiast(Crazy scarf guy, a local celeb). Even after the end of the parade people were still just hanging out at Gasworks Park in the buff. It's a one-day free pass where laws of public nudity are ignored. Obviously the nudity is a major draw for spectators but the rest of the parade is phenomenal as well. There was a really great zydeco float with some rip-roarin summertime music, a lot of people on stilts, a big creepy skeleton puppet and some steel-drum caribbean music. One of the floats involved the "weed police," though these weed police looked like they may have been dipping into the evidence locker for a little doobie break. Everybody was in such a festive mood, of course in Seattle we would throw a huge party celebrating when the sun finally comes out. It is a one of a kind experience and cannot truly be understood unless seen in person.


Like all good parades, this one has
a Santa Claus.....

With all the Weed Police and sod people about, I needed an extra set of eyes:






















And as a Grand Finale......CRAZY SCARF GUY!!! This guy shows up to all Seattle events(Though usually clothed) shuffling around, muttering and sometimes howling. One of my friends said he saw him on the bus one time and he was actually having an in-depth conversation about politics.......I can't picture that for some reason........

4 comments:

Big Daddy said...

The sun comes out in Seattle? Who knew.

Looks like the sun and the 'moon' were out at the same time during the festival.

dad said...

I can only say that Fremont, NE would be so proud of its namesake. Looks like a good way to spend the day, though.

Anonymous Midwest Girl said...

I am SO coming out for that next year.

Rach said...

This is my suggestion for your float next year...

http://www.anomalies-unlimited.com/OddPics/Images/Car.jpg