Ever since 1974, the Summer Solstice Parade has annually filled the streets with vibrant colors, whimsical creatures, and lots of laughter. With the help of local artists and community donations- floats, puppets, and creative costumes roam State Street, Santa Barbara in celebration of the longest day of the year!
Ever since I was little I have been going to the Summer Solstice. Even though it may not measure up to the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, it’s definitely a fun outing that will quickly become a yearly tradition. Most of all, it is perfect for families with small children. Children can enjoy cracking confetti eggs and drawing chalk pictures in the street while parade performers come around and hand them treats. It is a great way to make your kids be more interactive rather than cooped up behind a TV screen.
Besides the extreme pleasure I get of cracking confetti eggs on people’s heads, I also really enjoy seeing how creative (and weird) the parade participants get with their costumes and floats. It’s always outrageous looking and bursting with color and different types of textures. Best of all, these floats and costumes are hand made by all of the parade participants using scraps and recycled material.
Summer Solstice may have passed this year, but don’t miss out next June if you’re looking for fun and different summer ideas to fill up your calendar!