The procession of naked bodies covered in paint on bicycles is what a lot of people think of when it comes to the Fremont Solstice Parade, but it’s so much more.
“This is part of our creative culture of Seattle,” said organizer Maque daVis. “Part of the cache of Fremont is to be inspired, to be creative.”
These parade floats embody that creativity for daVis. But now in its 29th year, the parade’s future is in jeopardy if organizers can’t find a place to store the floats, about 15 in all.
“Without them, we aren’t going to be much of a parade next year,” daVis added.
The Fremont Arts Council, which puts on the parade, had been leasing space from the city to store the floats. But the city can’t renew their permit this year because of construction, so organizers have been scrambling to find a new home.
For Davis, a founding member of the council and someone who has been with the parade since its inception, this is personal. The parade saved him 29 years ago.