Here’s your reminder that this weekend is the Fremont Fair and Solstice Parade, and Mother Nature has blessed us with a gorgeous weekend to enjoy it with.
The Solstice Parade kicks off at NW 39th St and Leary Way NW at 1 pm on Saturday with the famous Naked Bicycle ride (captured in quirkiness by local filmmaker Dan McComb in Beyond Naked), and then tumbles, struts and thumps through Fremont to Gas Works Park. Watch for “Baby Z”, now in his seventh year stilting in the parade (and long past babyhood…that’s him at right, five years ago). Folks start staking out prime viewing spots early in the morning, but as long as you don’t need to be in the perfect position, there’s always room to squeeze in and watch the fun.
But of course, there’s lots more going on in Fremont this weekend than the parade. The Fremont Fair Crafts Market features over 300 vendors (including, inexplicably, McDonalds) and runs Saturday 10 am – 8 pm and Sunday 11 am – 6 pm. There are also two stages of music (the Corona Light Main Stage and the Casa Noble Tequila Center Stage…looks like the Fair was able to wrangle some sponsors to pay for all of this!) featuring the Poly Rhythmics, Pole Cat, The Whole Bolivian Army and a whole lot of other bands I’ve never heard of.
Should be a good time. Do not attempt to drive anywhere near there, though, or you’ll be out of luck!