Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Happy Solstice

Seattle is a city of beautiful diversity. I sometimes think that the folks who were born and raised here, although I it never seems like anyone is actually "from" here, take this city and all it has to offer for granted. From the lively atmosphere at Pike Place to the unique shops of Ballard and Fremont there is always something new to experience. Then there are the mountain trails, the lake side parks, and ferry trips to the surrounding islands - oh, I could go on forever!

Well, I had the opportunity a couple weekends ago to experience one of those special "Seattle" events. I attended the Solstice Parade in Fremont and it will definitely be an occasion I will be adding to my calendar for years to come. If you'd like to learn a little more about this Seattle tradition head to the Fremont Arts Council website and if you would like to see my pics you can check them out here. The best part about the Parade was the way everyone, participants and onlookers alike, joined in and celebrated! Everyone seemed to embrace the opportunity to rejoice. Some took part in the tradition of celebrating the human form, in all its naked glory. But others pushed the envelope politically with controversial statements on American life. I was just happy to be part of it all, even if only as a spectator. Who knows maybe next year I'll be pushing a float myself, and yes I said pushing, there are no motorized vehicles allowed at this show!

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