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2017 Fremont Solstice Parade Pictures (NSFW) & Info: Rules, Body-Painting, Renting Bikes, FAQs

Fremont Solstice Parade 2012
Fremont Solstice Parade Photo by Natalia Lewis

The 2017 Fremont Solstice Parade is June 17. The Fremont Solstice Cyclists will once again take part in the parade. Below are more pictures, rules, schedule, and frequently asked questions for the naked/painted ride.

Related: Seattle Fremont Fair | Local Bands, Crafts, Shopping, Food, Drink & More!



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From website:
Fremont Solstice Parade
June 17, 2017 | Begins @ 3PM
Downtown Fremont, Seattle | More info: www.solsticecyclist.org

2017 timeline

Friday
6:00-7:30 p.m. Set up at CSR Marine, 4701 Shilshole Ave NW.

Saturday

  • 8:00-11:30 Painting at CSR Marine or satellite locations.
  • 11:30-12:00 Clean up and organize for ride.
  • 12:00-12:30 Ride to parade.
  • 12:30-1:00 Enter the parade route.
  • 1:00-?? Loop back through the parade route as often as you like, always keeping ahead of the parade, and always keeping to the right side of the street.

Sunday
11:00-1:00 Clean up at CSR Marine.

Painting parties

If you want to organize your own paint-up and you’re willing to share the experience with new friends, please post to [email protected].  Rendezvous at the start of the parade route (the corner of 3rd Ave NW and NW 36th St) at 12:30pm, painted and ready to kick off the parade! If you don’t get to the start location before the parade starts moving, circle around to Stone Way N and N 35th St. and head west on N. 35th St.

See the page on the main paint party if you want to join the bulk of the riders in painting up.

Paint party rules

Here are some rules designed to make the main paint party safe and comfortable for all of us, and meet the needs of our generous hosts at CSR Marine.
  • The paint party is only for cyclists, painters, and a few registered photographers.  To get in the front gate you need
    • wheels (identifying you as a rider), or
    • painting equipment (if you’re just painting others), or
    • a photographer badge.
  • We will ask for a donation of $10 toward the cost of hosting the paint party, but if you can’t afford that, you won’t be turned away. Any extra money will be donated to the Fremont Arts Council (to help pay for the parade expenses).
  • No alcohol or other drugs are allowed on site.
  • If you must smoke, please do it in the designated area outside.
  • Do not touch any of the boats; don’t let paint splatter on any boats!!!
  • We will mark out lanes for walking through the space; please don’t block those lanes.
  • Please arrive with plenty of time to get painted, and exit the building promptly when asked. Our volunteers need time to close up and join the ride.
  • Kids under 18 are allowed, but they should not be nude.
  • Please clean up your area:
    • Wipe up any spilled paint.
    • Throw away disposables.
    • Bring any extra paint to the sharing table for others to use (if it is acrylic).
  • Don’t leave anything behind at the paint site.
If you’re using the shared paint, here are some additional guidelines.
  • For each color you need:
    • Take a small amount of paint in a cup (or bring the whole container if it’s small).
    • Feel free to mix colors if you don’t find the hue you want; you can also thin the paint with water.
    • Move away from the paint table to apply it.
    • Return your cup to the table sorted with others of the same color.
    • Leave the paint brush in the cup (get a new brush for each new color).
    • Repeat till done!
  • There will be a broad selection of colors available at the start, but if we have a particularly large turn out, we may run out of a color you want. If you must have a specific color, bring your own, or come early.

The Rules of the Cyclists

Don’t be creepy. Seriously. Don’t stare at people. Don’t take photographs without permission. If you’re not getting painted or helping someone get painted, don’t come.

Be respectful of your fellow painters. The painting party is tight quarters, so try to be mindful of other people getting painted around you.

Be respectful of your fellow cyclists. We’re a big group on a narrow street, and accidents may happen! Ride safely and try to be mindful of other cyclists.

Be respectful of other parade participants. We are just one part of the parade. Be sure to give room to the floats and dancers. Never circle back among the other participants!

Be respectful of parade spectators. The Fremont Solstice Parade is a family friendly event. Of course, folks expect the painted cyclists, but they may not want your junk in their kid’s face. Use good judgment when interacting with spectators.

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The Rules of the Fremont Arts Council

No Printed Words: Any printed communications, written words, recognizable logos, signage, leaf-letting, or advertising in any form are prohibited on the parade route. Participants must stretch to express their ideas visually, groups flow together in one juxtaposed whole, and we’re all happily free of logos for the day.

No Motor Vehicles: People take back the streets! Creations are moved with human-power (motorized wheelchairs are always welcome); we’re happily free of cars for the day.

No Live Animals: Dogs, cats and hamsters are happier and logistics are easier without poopers or pooper scoopers (aid dogs welcome).

No Guns or Weapons: Joy and love rule the streets. We are safe and free of guns and weapons for the day.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Fremont Solstice Parade?
The Fremont Solstice Parade is a community event created and organized by the Fremont Arts Council. It is a fantastic celebration of the return of the sun, complete with larger than life puppets, floats, and street performers. The Solstice Parade kicks off the Fremont Fair which is a benefit for the Fremont Public Association. The parade operates with 4 guidelines – no printed words or recognizable logos, no motor vehicles, no live animals, and no guns or weapons.

Do I have to ride naked?
Of course not, some cyclists chose to wear a little something. Try flesh colored undies for the ladies and speedos for the guys. Buy them cheap at Ross or Marshall’s and you won’t feel a bit of guilt covering them with paint.

Do I have to wear a bicycle helmet?
Yes, if you want to avoid a ticket. In August 2003, the King County bike helmet regulation was amended to include Seattle. Bicyclists in Seattle cited for violating the bike helmet regulation could receive a $30 fine. Creatively speaking, a bike helmet can be the foundation for a whimsical headdress. Think papier mache dragon heads, streamer flames, pinwheels…

How long does it take to be painted?
Depending upon the complexity of your design, painting can take from 45 minutes to 4 hours. If your design consists of a base coat with detail on top, you’ll need to leave time for the base to dry plus time for the whole thing to dry before we ride.

What kind of paint can I use?
There are a number of choices: textile acrylics, theatrical body paint, temporary tattoo paint, the list goes on and on. Whatever you use check each color for the ASTM non-toxic label. I use Speedball textile acrylic. If you plan to sport your paint at apres parade parties you should look into temporary tattoo paint. It’s more expensive, but if applied to clean, oil free skin (that means no sunscreen) it will stay put and look good longer than textile acrylics which are prone to flaking. Leaving flakes on someone’s sofa will not make you a popular guest.

Where do I buy paint?
Daniel Smith and Artist & Craftsman Supply both have Seattle stores and a good selection of non-toxic textile acrylics.
At the paint party, a selection of textile acrylic paint will be available for a suggested contribution of $5.00.

Who will paint me?
Whomever you’d like. Ask your friends. You never know, they may also be interested in riding so you might arrange a painting swap. I’ll paint your back, if you’ll paint mine. Another option is to leave the painting in the hands of the new friends you’ll make at the painting party the morning of the parade. Many people show up with their ideas and a couple of brushes and ask others to help them out. If you have a particular design in mind and it consists of repeating shapes (ex. starfish, angel fish, seahorse) you can speed things along by making stencils ahead of time.

Will the paint come off?
Eventually. Your best bet is lots of warm, soapy water, a washcloth, and a friend to scrub between your shoulder blades. Most paints come off in little flakes so I recommend using a hair snare in your drain to prevent them from mucking up your plumbing.
In 2004, I discovered the miracle of “pressure washing”. I attached a spray nozzle to my garden hose, stood in the middle of my yard and turned the water on, adjusting the nozzle until the water was a concentrated jet. This essentially peeled the paint right off my body. Combined with some sea salt and Dr. Bronner’s and I was clean in a record 30 minutes! It’s probably not a bad idea to stand in a kiddie pool or on a tarp to keep the paint flakes out of your lawn. Last year, I experimented with dry scrubbing first. I used an old, rough washcloth to gently abrade the paint off and then lathered up and rinsed. Like a charm!

I’m a little, um, hirsute. Will my body hair affect my paint?
You can definitely be painted over body hair although it can be a bit trickier to get an even coat. Body hair also makes removing the paint more difficult and more painful. Some folks get into the hair removal aspect while others chose to go au naturel. It’s up to you.

Where can I rent a bike?
Recycle Cycle rents bikes and they’re very close to the end of the parade. I’ve not rented from them, but they’ve always been reasonable when I needed bikes, parts, or repairs.

Gregg’s Greenlake Cycle is farther away, but it also has a good reputation.

Guidelines for Anyone with a Camera

These guidelines apply even if you’re only taking a few pictures of your friends.  People who have trouble following them will be asked to leave.

  • If photography is your primary reason for showing up, you need to apply for one of the few photographer slots.
  • Identify yourself and ask permission of everybody you capture in your pictures.
    • This includes video.
    • This includes anybody identifiable in the shot, not just your primary target.
    • If you will be making the pictures publicly available, make that clear.
    • Be especially careful about capturing unpainted or partially painted people!
  • Don’t be a creep.  (If you have to ask, you may be at risk.)
  • When polite discussion breaks down, ties go to the person who isn’t holding a camera.
For the rest of us, a warning: the painting meet-up is not a public space, but there is still no guarantee of privacy.  We try, but if being seen naked on the internet will ruin your life, stay home.

Seattle Solstice Parade Pictures:

Fremont Solstice Parade 2012
Photo by Natalia Lewis

Fremont Solstice Parade 2012
Photo by Natalia Lewis

Fremont Solstice Parade 2012
Photo by Natalia Lewis

 

Fremont Solstice Parade 2012
Photo by Natalia Lewis

 

DSC_0494
Photo by Natalia Lewis

Fremont Solstice Parade 2012
Photo by Natalia Lewis

 

Fremont Summer Solstice Parade & Naked Bike Ride, Seattle
Fremont  Solstice Cyclists | Photo by Teresa C.

 

Fremont Solstice Parade 2009
Photo by offwithyourtv

Fremont Solstice Parade 2009
Photo by offwithyourtv

Fremont Solstice Parade 2009
Photo by offwithyourtv

Freemont Summer Solstice Parade - 2011
Photo by TC.

naked cyclists
Photo by sabersaigefl

Freemont Summer Solstice Parade - 2011
Photo by TC.

Fremont Solstice Finals-112
Photo by deborahsemer

Fremont Solstice Parade 2009
Photo by offwithyourtv

Fremont Solstice Parade 2011 - cyclists 140
Photo by Joe Mabel

Freemont Summer Solstice Parade - 2011
Photo by TC.

Fremont Solstice Parade 2011 - cyclists 128
Photo by Joe Mabel

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