28 June 2011

Fremont Solstice Celebration 2011!

The Fremont Solstice Parade and Street Fair was absolutely fantastic! My mom was in town, and we caught a bit of the parade (although a large, angry man called anyone and everyone a b*#@h when they tried to climb up on the wall next to him to get a better view of the naked paraders). The only good views we got were of bikers who stood up on their pedals. I'm sure it's illegal for me to post the picture above but I don't think the woman is identifiable because she's pretty far away. Right? 

We did some fantastic shopping with the street venders - Mom got a ton of Christmas/birthday shopping done and I got the most lovely mini-skirt made of recycled Guatemalan "cortes" (skirts), each piece of fabric from a different village. The sale of the skirts benefits the women who sell their used garments, the man and his daughter who sew the refashioned skirts and the local Seattle woman who sells them. Everyone wins including me! 

One of my favorite parts of the day was the collaborative art tent. There were several canvases set up for community painting as well as various supplies for children's art projects. I added the yellow flower in the hair of the lovely painted woman.  So much fun!

We ate some enormously overpriced food, all of which was delicious enough to wipe away our guilt. You can't beat a freshly deep-fried piroshki stuffed with salmon and molten-hot cream cheese,  roasted corn with mayo, lime, chili and salt, falafel and crepes with lemon and powdered sugar! So what if it costs like $30! 

Another awesome display was the "Cartists" and their fabulous art cars! I loved this one of found cigarette butts:

And this one with an Avatar-like figurehead:

My only regret is that I hardly took any photos. These are most of what I took. We were too lazy to push our way through the crowds so I didn't get any good shots of the parade, and I was too busy shopping and licking my fingers to remember to pull out my camera.

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