The event was started by streakers who crashed the parade. The first people to do so were a small group of friends and roommates from the adjacent Wallingford neighborhood, several of whom were bicycle couriers by trade. Participants now emphasize bodypainting and other artistry. The group is the largest and fastest growing ensemble associated with the parade. The parade, put on by Fremont Arts Council, is held on a Saturday close to the actual solstice.
Fremont Solstice Parade's Naked Bike Ride: How to (Un)Dress
Photo by John Cornicello used with permission. For about a quarter century, people have been biking ahead of the Fremont Solstice Parade in various states of nudity and body art. In the past decade, the number of participants has ballooned, and the ride has become an iconic cultural phenomenon in our city. Biking is your best bet, of course. The bike ride starts at 1 p. Earlier this spring, the parade organizers announced that the bike ride would be after the official parade, but they have since changed their minds due to some logistical concerns. So the bike ride will go first as usual, but riders may not be looping around as they did in previous years.
Saturday: Fremont Solstice naked/painted bike ride + How to join
Jump to navigation. Experts among the Solstice Cyclists cyclists who come together to celebrate the summer solstice offer these tips for first-timers to this event. Find details about the parade at fremontfair.
The Fremont Solstice Parade is one of the most unusual and beloved neighborhood events in Seattle. Held every June and put on by the Fremont Arts Council, the parade and the Fremont Fair are on the weekend closest to the summer solstice, and-rain or shine-they bring out people from around Seattle who want to celebrate the arrival of summer in one of the quirkiest ways you'll ever see. The best-known aspect of the weekend in Fremont is not officially part of the parade and festival at all, though it's always a favorite among spectators. The Solstice Cyclists, also known as the painted cyclists or the naked cyclists, kick off the weekend with a mostly naked bike ride right before the parade starts.