When I went to the UPS store the other evening to pick up my computer, the nice older man helping me noticed my ID said North Carolina on it. Seeing I was new to the area he told me that I really needed to check out the Fremont Fair this weekend. The Fremont neighborhood is the self proclaimed Center of the Universe about two miles to the southwest of us. Their official motto is De Delibertas Quirkas, the freedom to be peculiar, and that’s what this fair celebrated as a tribute to the Summer Solstice.
We walked down in the morning to line up for the grand parade – parking here is atrocious and with any street fair sometimes its easier to walk than fight the crowds and cars. The parade started off with painted bicyclists. About half of the 80 or so participants were clad in very elaborate paint and nothing else.
I felt weird taking pictures of naked people – you know that whole it being pornography and everything, so this was my only shot and it wasn’t too revealing.
The rest of the parade was dotted with colorful costumes, music and a 100 foot long dragon made of water bottles (in a effort raise awareness about using reusable containers).
After the parade we wandered through hundreds of booths selling arts and crafts and picked up some food to eat by the canal. The whole set up of bands and booths reminded me of Bele Chere in Asheville that I attended last summer with my mom while on rotation. I always love a good street fair and this was no exception. The only weird thing was that I would normally have chosen to wear a sundress and lots of sunscreen to something like this, except this is Seattle and summer hasn’t yet settled in. The weather was overcast in the low 60s, definitely too cool for dresses, but we were just thankful it didn’t rain.
On our way back to our apartment we found the Fremont Troll who lives under the bridge.
All in all a great day in our new city!