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Entries from June 2009

Scenes from the Fremont Fair

June 21st, 2009 by master

So far, beautiful weather has blessed the Fremont Fair, and thousands of people are enjoying the live music, entertainment, food, beer gardens and hundreds of booths of arts, crafts and causes.

It’s all to support Solid Ground, so don’t forget to drop a donation in the orange canisters at the entrances to the fair.

One of the mainstay acts every year is Carrie Clark & The Lonesome Lovers, seen here playing on the main stage.

Alex the Juggler is one of the many street acts that dazzled the crowd.

The most bizarre booth we saw is the, ahem, Family Nudist Park.

And the award for the most creative yet slightly over-the-top advertising effort goes to Foster Farms (yes, that’s a person inside that fuzzy thing), which blanketed the fair with dozens of people with signs and chicken hats.

Kids, meanwhile, had a ball at the Super Slide. The Fremont Fair runs all day Sunday until 7 p.m., and check out the music schedule here.

Have a photo to share? Send it to us at tips@fremontuniverse.com.

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Solstice Parade: The people

June 20th, 2009 by master

Close-up photographs of some of the colorful people in the parade:

Click through below for many more…










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Solstice Parade: The massive crowd

June 20th, 2009 by master

The crowd felt much bigger than last year, and the best photographic evidence is when 36th turns into Fremont Ave. Look at the depth of the crowd:

And that’s just one small section of the parade route.

The best view might have been at the top of Lenin.

Or from the top of the apartments.

A few protesters spoke their minds about the Middle East.

Kids were everywhere, enjoying the colorful action in the street.

And as always, The George & Dragon was a popular spot.

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Solstice Parade: The bikers

June 20th, 2009 by master

As promised, more photos from the Solstice Parade, starting with the most popular attraction: the hundreds of naked, painted bikers.

For more, click through below. Warning: there will be nakedness…








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Thousands pack Fremont for Solstice Parade

June 20th, 2009 by master

Fremont’s biggest bash of the year kicked off at noon with the annual audacious display of painted bodies on bikes.

The Solstice Parade began with 300 to 400 mostly naked bicyclists (an unofficial record) riding proudly down 36th. They also took a quick swing through Ballard, to get things rolling.

They’re “officially” not part of the parade, which is conducted by the Fremont Arts Council, but a popular tradition, to say the least.

This year’s theme is “Phoenix Rising,” so to the tune of Richard Strauss’ opening score in the movie 2001 A Space Odyssey, an orange firebird slowly evolved from the center of the float.

Thousands of people packed the neighborhood, clamoring for every square foot of land along the parade route, even climbing up Lenin. There were so many people, our iPhone couldn’t connect to cell service. And as you can see from our Fremont Twitter page, people were sending Tweets like crazy.

The Superhuggers spread the love to the crowd, one hug at a time.

Liquid Belly Dancers flow down the parade route.

In Fremont style, many of the art ensembles in the parade have a message to send. Here, the Ice Queens remind the crowd that ice reserves are melting fast.

And the “Bag Monster Brigade” illustrated how plastic bags and bottles are “an ocean of a problem” for the environment.

We’ll be posting more parade photos here soon (yes, the bikers, too), as well as coverage from the rest of the Fremont Fair.

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Your Fremont Fair and parade forecast

June 20th, 2009 by master

Forecasters say we should expect cloudy skies and “spotty showers” today, with an increasing chance as the day goes on. Sure, we’ve been a little spoiled lately, but by Seattle standards that’s good weather for the weekend. We’re headed down to the parade, and stay tuned a little later in the afternoon for our first batch of photos. In the meantime, you can follow us on Twitter here and see what everyone else is Tweeting about Fremont right here.

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A preview of Fremont Fair’s many events

June 19th, 2009 by master

The parade is just the beginning — this year’s Fremont Fair is jam-packed with entertaining musical acts and events. And don’t forget proceeds from the fair support Solid Ground, so it’s all for a good cause.

There are 30 bands and musicians scheduled across Saturday and Sunday, including Paula Maya, the Radio Nationals and Carrie Clark & The Lonesome Lovers (pictured). And we can’t help but mention the band Stay Tuned, “the world’s only rock tribute to television, performing classic TV themes like you’ve never heard them before.” They’re playing Sunday at 6:30 p.m. at the Waterfront Stage. Full musical lineup here.

One of the more popular events is the Seattle Artcar Blowout, dozens of art-decorated cars in the Upper Burke Building parking lot on 35th St. “It’s public art available on the road and not in private galleries,” explains local artist Kelly Lyles. The event runs all weekend. (Photo from Holy Outlaw)

On both Saturday and Sunday, you can catch a sneak peak of Balagan Theatre’s production of Taming of the Shrew, 10:30 am in Canal Park. Saturday at 3:30 p.m., On The Double (dutch), an adult double dutch team, will perform on the Waterfront Stage. At 4 p.m., the Filipino Youth Activities Drill Team will perform at the corner of 34th and Phinney. Sunday at 1 p.m., five-time world rope jumping artist and Cirque Du Soleil performer Rene Bibaud shares her freestyle routine on the Waterfront stage. Full event schedule here.

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Finishing touches being added to parade costumes

June 19th, 2009 by master

A few people are at the Fremont Arts Council this afternoon.

Debbie just finished up her bird hat and wanted to show off her lacy, sparkly wings that she’ll be wearing in Saturday’s Solstice Parade. We’re told that things will really start picking up later this evening when more people come in to add the finishing touches to the floats and costumes. Later tonight, around 10 p.m., the floats will be moved to the start of the parade route at NW 36th & 3rd NW.

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Solstice Parade preview and route

June 19th, 2009 by master

Fremont’s biggest bash is hours away.  The annual Solstice Parade kicks off at 36th and 3rd beginning at noon tomorrow (Saturday). Here’s the route:

And here’s the official program (.pdf file). The forecast is mostly cloudy with some showers, but expect BIG crowds as always. Parking in the neighborhood is typically very difficult, so if you’re driving, get there early. Then wait for the 200 or so naked painted bicyclists to kick things off — the parade’s most popular event — followed by “Phoenix Rising,” this year’s theme float with a firebird rising out of the ashes.

Scene from last year’s parade. Stay tuned for coverage of the parade and the Fremont Fair throughout the weekend right here on Fremont Universe.

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Fremont to be realigned with the universe

June 19th, 2009 by master

If you’ve felt a little “off” in the neighborhood recently, it may be because the Center of the Universe is a bit off-kilter.

On Saturday at noon — right as the parade gets underway — a Troll contingent will gather to correct the placement of the arrow that connects Fremont with the Center of the Universe. “Solstice Parade attendees may unfortunately experience side effects of euphoria, clarity and unexplained motivation. Relief may be found by dancing in the streets,” the Fremont Arts Council says.

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