Celebrate summer at this annual event with creative and original display of floats, giant puppets, whimsical costumes and masks of all ethnic and economic backgrounds
Our favorite season is officially here—summer! And what’s a better way to celebrate the longest day of the year than attending Santa Barbara’s Summer Solstice Parade and Festival? What once began as a birthday celebration in 1974 for artist and mime, Michael Gonzalez, the Summer Solstice Parade and Festival has evolved into the largest single-day event in Santa Barbara County, attracting over 100,000 spectators from around the world, with street fairs, stage performances, floats, costumes and dancing ensembles.
The main attraction to the 2013 Summer Solstice Celebration is the Summer Solstice Parade, taking place this Saturday, June 22nd. The parade features more 1,000 participants, extravagant floats, stunning costumes and choreographed dance ensembles.
According to the parade’s official website, “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.”
With this year’s theme being “Creatures,” the festivities will continue all weekend long in Alameda Park with food from local restaurants and caterers, music, dancing, storytellers, mimes and arts & crafts boutique with more than 75 craftsmen!
As a 501(c)3, nonprofit, community organization, the Summer Solstice Celebration group is responsible for carrying on Michael’s delightful, multicultural performing arts celebration, and ensuring an extravagant celebration of life through art for many years to come.
*Photo: 2013 Summer Solstice Celebration Poster and T-Shirt art by Neil Crosbie
Date: June 21, 2013 – June 23, 2013
Time: 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Friday; 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Saturday (and Parade at 12:00 p.m.); 12:00 p.m. – 6:00p.m. Sunday
Location: Downtown Santa Barbara & Alameda Park, 1400 Santa Barbara Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
WHERE TO STAY
Spanish Garden Inn
Santa Barbara’s finest luxury boutique hotel, located downtown. 915 Garden Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101. 805-564-4700.
Inn at East Beach
Whatever makes your ideal California weekend getaway, The Inn at East Beach Hotel in Santa Barbara is here to help you stay well – and well within your budget! 1029 Orilla Del Mar, Santa Barbara, CA 93103. 805-965-0546.