Seattle celebrates another Solstice Parade

Seattle celebrates another Solstice Parade

(Photo: Sarah Miller)

SEATTLE — The mood was high Saturday at the Solstice Parade in the Fremont neighborhood.

The annual parade drew a crowd of people to see floats and even a procession of naked cyclists covered in paint.

Some people might have been concerned about the nudity; however, it’s legal.

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Nudity in Seattle
"Being nude all by itself is not a law violation, and nor would you expect to be investigated by the police," Seattle police Sgt. Sean Whitcomb told KIRO 7 last year. "It's the conduct that someone might perform while nude that would result in a criminal investigation."

What is illegal is flashing or inappropriately touching yourself while nude.

Because there is an expectation of nudity during the Solstice Parade, there’s even less of a problem than if you were to, say, walk down the sidewalk on a Monday without clothes on.

If there is a complaint about nudity, officers must consider the entire circumstance. Some may be offended, but that doesn’t make it illegal.

The parade wrapped up at Gas Works Park with music performances, food trucks, a beer garden and art activities.
The festivities are expected to continue Sunday with the Fremont Fair from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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