The summer solstice is today, June 21, 2019, for anyone who is north of the equator.
It is the longest day of the year and marks the first day of summer.
To celebrate this special event, the Santa Barbara Solstice Parade and Celebration is being held June 21st, 22nd, & 23rd.
The parade itself is held on Saturday, June 22nd and starts promptly at 12:00 noon beginning at Cota and State Street in downtown Santa Barbara.
It will work its way up State Street to Alameda Park where the celebration continues throughout the weekend.
This parade began back in 1974 as a birthday celebration and is the largest arts event in Santa Barbara County, which draws over 100,000 spectators from all over.
There is like nothing you’ve ever seen before, unless you’ve been, of course, then, you know what it’s all about.
You can expect to see a creative display of floats, giant puppets, unique costumes and masks, Brazilian dancers and various performing groups with up to a 1,000 parade participants from children to adults.
As for the festival, it is a celebration where everyone will enjoy live music, dancing, DJ playing, a large drum circle, food, arts and crafts, with a free festival for children.
The parade and festival have something for everyone and is sure to please your senses. It is a fun-filled weekend for all to enjoy!
This year is the 45th Summer Solstice Celebration and the theme is “Wonder”.
For more information and details about the event, please visit The Santa Barbara Summer Solstice Celebration website at www.solsticeparade.com
Hope to see you out there!