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Summer Solstice Parade - Fremont - Seattle - Washington

Nudity, Bodypaint, & The Beginning Of Summer!

Every June, to mark the beginning of the summer season, scores of nude and semi-nude bodypainted cyclists take to the streets of Seattle's Fremont District and partake in the annual and clothing-optional Summer Solstice Parade. The event itself is organised by the Fremont Arts Council. Although the main parade consists mainly of floats, the "Naked Cyclists" have become the largest and, not surprisingly, the most entertaining group.
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Who cycles naked?

Participants are expected to abide by the FAC's Parade rules that state "any printed communications, written words, recognizable logos, signage, leaf-letting, or advertising in any form are prohibited on the parade route." In recent years the event includes three major components: a pre-ride bodypainting party (disclosed only to participants and potential riders), an extended party ride (often indirect) through the city, and then the parade itself starting at noon. Cyclists wishing to get involved in the group who haven't heard about the bodypainting party often meet up at the beginning of the parade route.

While many of the participants underplay any political motivation for the event, the painted naked cyclists have established precedent and increased the amount of popular cultural support for non-sexualized, artistic public nudity in other ensembles in the Solstice Parade, and in Seattle in general, and have made other painted naked bike rides in the city (and in the world) much easier to stage.

EVENT ATTITUDE TO NUDITY:

If you're planning on riding in the event, going nude will be up to you. If you're planning on attending as a specatator, keep in mind that this is a family-friendly event with small children in attendance.

EVENT ATTITUDE TO CAMERAS:

Cameras are more than welcome.

EVENT HOME PAGE: fremontfair.com


solsticecyclist.org



Galleries

Fremont Solstice Parade 2013  
beads
, 
bodypaint
, 
costume
, 
food/eat/drink
, 
cycling
Posted October 2013 50 images (Hi-Res) Carnival
Irish Boy  - Fremont Solstice Parade 2013
He didn't miss much that day.
Fremont Solstice Parade 2009  
bodypaint
, 
costume
, 
pasties
, 
cycling
Posted October 2015 45 images (Hi-Res) Carnival
Fingers  - Fremont Solstice Parade 2009
"Solstice" is latin for "naked people on bikes". OK, not really.
Fremont Solstice Parade 2016  
bodypaint
, 
costume
, 
masks
, 
piercings
, 
tattoo
, 
glasses
, 
dreadlocks
, 
cycling
Posted July 2016 25 images (Hi-Res) Carnival
Fingers  - Fremont Solstice Parade 2016
The Riders were EXTRA friendly this year!
Fremont Solstice Parade 2012  
bodypaint
, 
costume
, 
cycling
Posted January 2017 25 images (Hi-Res) Carnival
Fingers  - Fremont Solstice Parade 2012
Their community really gets behind this event!
Fremont Solstice Parade 2013  
bodypaint
, 
costume
, 
masks
, 
pasties
, 
piercings
, 
glasses
, 
cycling
Posted November 2013 125 images (Hi-Res) Carnival
PDX Nudeguy  - Fremont Solstice Parade 2013
A great set from beginning to end.
Fremont Solstice Parade 2010  
bodypaint
, 
costume
, 
pasties
, 
cycling
Posted June 2010 97 images (Hi-Res) Carnival
Hallingood  - Fremont Solstice Parade 2010
Another HUGE turnout!
Summer Solstice Parade and Pageant 2008  
bodypaint
, 
costume
, 
pasties
, 
cycling
Posted June 2008 75 images (HUGE) Carnival
Hallingood  - Summer Solstice Parade and Pageant 2008
"...the bikers were moving a little faster this year..."
Fremont Solstice Parade 2008  
bodypaint
, 
costume
, 
masks
, 
glasses
, 
cycling
Posted July 2008 25 images (HUGE) Carnival
Hallingood  - Fremont Solstice Parade 2008
This is probably one of the biggest attended events around...
Fremont Solstice Parade 2008  
bodypaint
, 
masks
, 
piercings
, 
dreadlocks
, 
cycling
, 
hula hooping
Posted August 2008 50 images (HUGE) Carnival
Hallingood  - Fremont Solstice Parade 2008
And here's the last of Hallingood's 2008 Fremont adventure!
Fremont Solstice Parade 2009  
bodypaint
, 
costume
, 
masks
, 
pasties
, 
piercings
, 
cycling
Posted July 2009 88 images (HUGE) Carnival
Hallingood  - Fremont Solstice Parade 2009
The great weather brought out 200+ participants!
Fremont Solstice Parade 2010  
bodypaint
, 
costume
, 
pasties
, 
cycling
Posted June 2011 135 images (Hi-Res) Carnival
MauiBoy  - Fremont Solstice Parade 2010
The rest of his 2010 collection!
Fremont Solstice Parade 2007 - The Ride  Posted August 2007 100 images (HUGE) Carnival
Riverslug  - Fremont Solstice Parade 2007 - The Ride
You can see that the crowd enjoys this event!!
Fremont Solstice Parade 2007 - Pre-Ride  Posted September 2007 100 images (HUGE) Carnival
Riverslug  - Fremont Solstice Parade 2007 - Pre-Ride
Riverslug's come through with a ton of pics!
Fremont Solstice Parade 2007 - Post-Ride  Posted August 2007 50 images (HUGE) Carnival
Riverslug  - Fremont Solstice Parade 2007 - Post-Ride
Is it just us or does the clown freak everyone out?
Fremont Solstice Parade 2007  Posted July 2007 12 images (LARGE) Carnival
Fingers  - Fremont Solstice Parade 2007
A group of riders painted themselves as bees...
Fremont Solstice Parade 2006  Posted February 2007 100 images (HUGE) Carnival
Riverslug  - Fremont Solstice Parade 2006
Riverslug's on a roll!
Summer Solstice Parade and Pageant 2007  Posted June 2008 10 images (LARGE) Carnival
Fingers  - Summer Solstice Parade and Pageant 2007
They truly are an entertaining group, that's for sure!
Summer Solstice Parade and Pageant 2008  Posted August 2008 30 images (HUGE) Carnival
Riverslug  - Summer Solstice Parade and Pageant 2008
They were turning out in droves this year!
Summer Solstice Parade and Pageant 2006  Posted June 2006 30 images (LARGE) Carnival
Bikerider  - Summer Solstice Parade and Pageant 2006
Bikerider's one of our main contributors for this event.
Fremont Solstice Parade 2006  Posted February 2006 50 images (LARGE) Carnival
Bikerider  - Fremont Solstice Parade 2006
Bikerider really did a terrific job catching the moving riders!
Fremont Solstice Parade 2008  Posted September 2008 75 images (LARGE) Carnival
Bikerider  - Fremont Solstice Parade 2008
From the bodypainting portion prior to the event.
Fremont Solstice Parade 2007  Posted October 2008 10 images (HUGE) Carnival
Fingers  - Fremont Solstice Parade 2007
Shouldn't they ALL be wearing helmets?
Fremont Solstice Parade 2007  Posted April 2009 20 images (HUGE) Carnival
Fingers  - Fremont Solstice Parade 2007
One of the best community events around!
Fremont Solstice Parade 2008  Posted June 2009 59 images (HUGE) Carnival
MauiBoy  - Fremont Solstice Parade 2008
This event gets bigger and better every year!
Fremont Solstice Parade 2008  Posted June 2009 40 images (HUGE) Carnival
Alliophile  - Fremont Solstice Parade 2008
A true community event!
Fremont Solstice Parade 2008  Posted July 2009 30 images (HUGE) Carnival
Irish Boy  - Fremont Solstice Parade 2008
This Irish Boy tends to aim the camera, well, you'll see...
Fremont Solstice Parade 2009  Posted July 2009 20 images (HUGE) Carnival
Fingers  - Fremont Solstice Parade 2009
Lots of sun and lots of cyclists. Perfect!
Fremont Solstice Parade 2009  Posted December 2009 30 images (HUGE) Carnival
Riverslug  - Fremont Solstice Parade 2009
Great weather a and record turnout!
Fremont Solstice Parade 2009  Posted June 2010 20 images (HUGE) Carnival
Fingers  - Fremont Solstice Parade 2009
The Fremont crowd are pros at celebrating body-freedom!
Fremont Solstice Parade 2010  Posted July 2010 36 images (HUGE) Carnival
MauiBoy  - Fremont Solstice Parade 2010
The biggest Solstice Ride yet!
Fremont Solstice Parade 2010  Posted August 2010 50 images (HUGE) Carnival
Alliophile  - Fremont Solstice Parade 2010
EVERYONE had a great time this year!
Fremont Solstice Parade 2009  Posted August 2010 11 images (HUGE) Carnival
Fingers  - Fremont Solstice Parade 2009
Fingers got right in there and took some great shots!
Fremont Solstice Parade 2000  Posted September 2001 14 images (small) Carnival
Smoothie  - Fremont Solstice Parade 2000
Naked Cyclists crash the parade! Includes a field report!
Fremont Solstice Parade 2010  Posted October 2010 20 images (HUGE) Carnival
Fingers  - Fremont Solstice Parade 2010
The threat of rain never gets in the way of this event.
Fremont Solstice Parade 2010  Posted November 2010 7 images (Hi-Res) Carnival
Rock Star  - Fremont Solstice Parade 2010
Lots of bodypainting before the ride.
Fremont Solstice Parade 2010  Posted December 2010 20 images (HUGE) Carnival
Fingers  - Fremont Solstice Parade 2010
Enthusiastic participants make for an amazing event!
Fremont Solstice Parade 2010  Posted January 2011 19 images (Hi-Res) Carnival
Fingers  - Fremont Solstice Parade 2010
Some of the best Fremont pics we've had on the site.
Fremont Solstice Parade 2011  Posted June 2011 20 images (Hi-Res) Carnival
Fingers  - Fremont Solstice Parade 2011
Always raining but always a blast all the same.
Fremont Solstice Parade 2010  Posted November 2011 25 images (HUGE) Carnival
Riverslug  - Fremont Solstice Parade 2010
More than 300 naked and bodypainted riders took part!
Fremont Solstice Parade 2011  Posted December 2011 36 images (HUGE) Carnival
Bikerider  - Fremont Solstice Parade 2011
The Bikerider caught up to the cyclists in several locations.
Fremont Solstice Parade  Posted December 2011 60 images (Hi-Res) Carnival
Irish Boy  - Fremont Solstice Parade
A collection of great works from 2008 to 2011.
Fremont Solstice Parade 2011  Posted December 2011 49 images (Hi-Res) Carnival
Irish Boy  - Fremont Solstice Parade 2011
More from Irish Boy, including a funny story about this set.
Fremont Solstice Parade 2011  Posted January 2012 20 images (Hi-Res) Carnival
Fingers  - Fremont Solstice Parade 2011
This event's grown into something really special over they years.
Fremont Solstice Parade 2010  Posted February 2012 19 images (Hi-Res) Carnival
Fingers  - Fremont Solstice Parade 2010
Maybe they can franchise this event across the continent?
Fremont Solstice Parade 2007  Posted June 2012 25 images (Hi-Res) Carnival
Fingers  - Fremont Solstice Parade 2007
One of our favorite years for turnouts.
Fremont Solstice Parade 2011  Posted June 2012 25 images (Hi-Res) Carnival
Fingers  - Fremont Solstice Parade 2011
Great bodypainting!
Fremont Solstice Parade 2011  Posted June 2012 40 images (HUGE) Carnival
Irish Boy  - Fremont Solstice Parade 2011
Irish Boy has a very unique style of shooting this event.
Fremont Solstice Parade 2012  Posted June 2012 35 images (Hi-Res) Carnival
Irish Boy  - Fremont Solstice Parade 2012
The Irish Boy comes through with some amazing pictures!
Fremont Solstice Parade 2012  Posted June 2012 20 images (Hi-Res) Carnival
Fingers  - Fremont Solstice Parade 2012
It's hard to find a friendlier group than these folks.
Fremont Solstice Parade 2011  Posted July 2012 30 images (HUGE) Carnival
Irish Boy  - Fremont Solstice Parade 2011
This completes Irish Boy's 2011 collection.
Fremont Solstice Parade 2012  Posted July 2012 60 images (Hi-Res) Carnival
Irish Boy  - Fremont Solstice Parade 2012
Lots of sights to see at this one!
Fremont Solstice Parade 2012  Posted August 2012 40 images (HUGE) Carnival
Irish Boy  - Fremont Solstice Parade 2012
From cowgirls to pixies and everything in between.
Fremont Solstice Parade 2012  Posted October 2012 40 images (Hi-Res) Carnival
Irish Boy  - Fremont Solstice Parade 2012
Look out for those turtles!
Fremont Solstice Parade 2012  Posted November 2012 50 images (Hi-Res) Carnival
Irish Boy  - Fremont Solstice Parade 2012
Just another solstice and equinox to go before the next event.
Fremont Solstice Parade 2007  Posted November 2012 20 images (Hi-Res) Carnival
Fingers  - Fremont Solstice Parade 2007
No disaapointed faces here.
Fremont Solstice Parade 2012  Posted December 2012 40 images (Hi-Res) Carnival
Irish Boy  - Fremont Solstice Parade 2012
We're thinking she would have made an effective math tutor.
Fremont Solstice Parade 2012  Posted April 2013 20 images (Hi-Res) Carnival
Fingers  - Fremont Solstice Parade 2012
The 2013 summer solstice isn't too far off.
Fremont Solstice Parade 2012  Posted June 2013 50 images (Hi-Res) Carnival
Irish Boy  - Fremont Solstice Parade 2012
The next Ride is next week. Can't wait!
Fremont Solstice Parade 2013  Posted June 2013 25 images (Hi-Res) Carnival
Rock Star  - Fremont Solstice Parade 2013
Great weather and lots of naked people. Perfect!
Fremont Solstice Parade 2013  Posted June 2013 59 images (Hi-Res) Carnival
PDX Nudeguy  - Fremont Solstice Parade 2013
800 participants, with tons of them being naked!
Fremont Solstice Parade 2013  Posted July 2013 75 images (Hi-Res) Carnival
PDX Nudeguy  - Fremont Solstice Parade 2013
PDX sent a ton of pics - here's the start of the race.
Fremont Solstice Parade 2012  Posted August 2013 20 images (Hi-Res) Carnival
Fingers  - Fremont Solstice Parade 2012
Nothing but fun - and some pretty participants - here!
Fremont Solstice Parade 2013  Posted August 2013 25 images (Hi-Res) Carnival
PDX Nudeguy  - Fremont Solstice Parade 2013
The quality of bodypainting is now up there with Fantasy Fest.
Fremont Solstice Parade 2013  Posted September 2013 86 images (Hi-Res) Carnival
Irish Boy  - Fremont Solstice Parade 2013
Great weather and a great turnout set the stage for Irish Boy!
Fremont Solstice Parade 2013  Posted September 2013 50 images (Hi-Res) Carnival
Irish Boy  - Fremont Solstice Parade 2013
Another amazing instalment from Irish Boy!
Fremont Solstice Parade 2013  Posted September 2013 50 images (Hi-Res) Carnival
PDX Nudeguy  - Fremont Solstice Parade 2013
PDX will go wherever the Parade takes him to get great pics.
Fremont Solstice Parade 2013  Posted September 2013 21 images (Hi-Res) Carnival
Jeff  - Fremont Solstice Parade 2013
Jeff's first trip to this event turned out to be a good one!
Fremont Solstice Parade 2013  Posted October 2013 19 images (Hi-Res) Carnival
Jeff  - Fremont Solstice Parade 2013
These were taken at the "Gasworks" after the parade.
Fremont Solstice Parade 2013  Posted October 2013 50 images (Hi-Res) Carnival
PDX Nudeguy  - Fremont Solstice Parade 2013
And the Ride goes on. And on.
Fremont Solstice Parade 2013  Posted November 2013 20 images (Hi-Res) Carnival
Fingers  - Fremont Solstice Parade 2013
This event just gets getting better - and more naked!
Fremont Solstice Parade 2012  Posted December 2013 20 images (Hi-Res) Carnival
Fingers  - Fremont Solstice Parade 2012
Free-wheeling in the Fremont District!
Fremont Solstice Parade 2012  Posted February 2014 20 images (Hi-Res) Carnival
Fingers  - Fremont Solstice Parade 2012
This could easily qualify as another World Naked Bike Ride.
Fremont Solstice Parade 2013  Posted March 2014 50 images (Hi-Res) Carnival
Irish Boy  - Fremont Solstice Parade 2013
A lot of effort goes into riding around naked.
Fremont Solstice Parade 2012  Posted March 2014 20 images (Hi-Res) Carnival
Fingers  - Fremont Solstice Parade 2012
We think they should do this every Saturday during the summer.
Fremont Solstice Parade 2013  Posted April 2014 50 images (Hi-Res) Carnival
Irish Boy  - Fremont Solstice Parade 2013
Beauties on bikes. And everywhere else.
Fremont Solstice Parade 2009  Posted May 2014 17 images (Hi-Res) Carnival
DMayer  - Fremont Solstice Parade 2009
Great close-ups!
Fremont Solstice Parade 2013  Posted May 2014 50 images (Hi-Res) Carnival
Irish Boy  - Fremont Solstice Parade 2013
Paint has to come off somehow!
Fremont Solstice Parade 2013  Posted May 2014 50 images (Hi-Res) Carnival
Irish Boy  - Fremont Solstice Parade 2013
The official 'wash-off' part of the Naked Bike Ride.
Fremont Solstice Parade 2014  Posted June 2014 50 images (Hi-Res) Carnival
PDX Nudeguy  - Fremont Solstice Parade 2014
From start to finish, he took some great shots of the event.
Fremont Solstice Parade 2014  Posted July 2014 50 images (Hi-Res) Carnival
PDX Nudeguy  - Fremont Solstice Parade 2014
PDX was there from beginning to end and he has the pics!
Fremont Solstice Parade 2014  Posted September 2014 50 images (Hi-Res) Carnival
PDX Nudeguy  - Fremont Solstice Parade 2014
If the bodypainters are busy, just do it yourself!
Fremont Solstice Parade 2014  Posted September 2014 50 images (HUGE) Carnival
PDX Nudeguy  - Fremont Solstice Parade 2014
PDX made the most of the longest day of the year.
Fremont Solstice Parade 2014  Posted April 2015 27 images (Hi-Res) Carnival
Riverslug  - Fremont Solstice Parade 2014
Still one of our favourite events of the summer.
Fremont Solstice Parade 2009  Posted October 2015 25 images (Hi-Res) Carnival
Fingers  - Fremont Solstice Parade 2009
The brightest day of the year!
Fremont Solstice Parade 2009  Posted May 2016 25 images (Hi-Res) Carnival
Fingers  - Fremont Solstice Parade 2009
These are always pretty awesome!
Fremont Solstice Parade 2009  Posted July 2017 22 images (Hi-Res) Carnival
Fingers  - Fremont Solstice Parade 2009
You need the extra daylight to take in all of the action.