Join the Fun at the 2017 Santa Barbara Solstice Celebration!
The theme for 2017 is “Celebrating Unity”. The Summer Solstice Parade features more than 1,000 parade participants, complete with extravagant floats, whimsical costumes and creatively choreographed dancing ensembles. From its beginnings as a small parade featuring street artists, the Santa Barbara Summer Solstice Celebration is now the premier Santa Barbara County arts event, drawing crowds of over 100,000 spectators from around the world.
At high Noon, on a Saturday near the longest day of the year, creative floats, fascinating costumes, brilliant masks begin their journey from Cota Street up State Street to Micheltorena, transforming downtown Santa Barbara into a vibrant splash of color, music and dance. People-powered floats reignite the creative spirit of Santa Barbara. Commercial elements, such as written words, advertisements, live animals, or motorized vehicles (except wheelchairs) are excluded from the Parade, as is nudity.
The parade begins to arrive in Alameda Park a little past 1 PM, with final entry usually appearing after 2 PM. The Alameda Park Festival continues the celebration with live music by local and international artists; delicious foods and beverages from local restaurants, caterers and non-profit groups; an arts and crafts boutique with more than 75 artisans and craftsmen; a large “drum circle” formed by parade participants and anyone who cares to join in the beat. The wonderful floats from the parade are on display until 4:00pm.. A special children’s area features a stage with storytellers, musicians, drama, and mimes.
Each year, there is an artistic competition for the Santa Barbara Summer Solstice T-shirt and poster design. The 43rd annual parade and festival theme is “Celebrating Unity.” We received many wonderful works of art that exemplified this theme and we are proud to announce the winner – Caroline Hambright and her artwork “Solstice Universe!”
Friday June 23, 2017 Festival 4 – 9 pm, Alameda Park
Saturday June 24, 2017 Parade – Noon, State and Cota
Saturday June 24, 2017 Festival – Noon – 8 pm, Alameda Park
Sunday June 25, 2017 Festival – Noon – 6 pm, Alameda Park
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