To kick off the start of Summer, Santa Barbara held it’s annual Summer Solstice Parade on downtown State Street on Saturday June 22nd. The event was filled with creative homemade costumes, paper mache sets, hand built floats, and dance routines performed in the multitudes. Santa Barbara locals participate in the parade, giving them a chance to let loose and create their own ensembles to fit the theme, 2013’s being “Creatures,” for themselves or a group. People of all ages perform in the parade, with sets ranging from the Wizard of Oz, to belly dancing gypsies, and even a wedding. Not only Santa Barbara natives make sure they have a view of the parade; tourists from all around the world travel to our small town to see this bold and imaginative celebration.
People crowded State Street, hoping to get a good look at all of the set designs. The sidewalk was so crowded that it was no longer accessible. The Solstice Parade begins at Cota around noon and makes it’s way up State and ends at Micheltorena, that portion of State Street blocked off for Parade use only. Although the parade ends at around 2 pm, the celebration continues at Alameda Park with live music, food stands, handcrafted art, and a large crowd of people. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the parade, both participants and spectators.