Great Fun In A Great Town: The Summer Solstice Parade in Santa Barbara

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The Summer Solstice Parade began in 1974 and has evolved to be the biggest event in Santa Barbara County, often drawing crowds of over 100,000 spectators from all over the world. 




It is comprised of very creative and original floats, giant puppets, fantastic costumes and masks of more than 1,000 parade participants of all ethnic and economic backgrounds.  There is dancing, music, drumming and drama that is sure to please the spectators.  



The floats are all created at the Community Arts Workshop (CAW) in the Downtown Santa Barbara building pictured here. It is quite a production and a lot of fun to attend. The crow in the metal gate sculpture is the symbol for CAW. 


It is quite a production and a lot of fun to attend. Check out more about the Solstice Parade in Santa Barbara. It is a real crowd pleaser. Great fun in a great town.  


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Comments (18)

Bill Salvatore - East Valley
Arizona Elite Properties - Chandler, AZ
Realtor - 602-999-0952 / em:

Thank you for the great information in your blog today to share with us here on the Rain.  Make it a great day! bill

Jun 10, 2022 02:59 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel

Hi Bill Salvatore - East Valley Stay cool in AZ. Cheers! R&A

Jun 10, 2022 06:15 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good morning Alexandra,

Wow! I can see why you say the Solstice Parade in Santa a crowd pleaser. It looks like a parade I wouldn't want to miss..thank you for sharing.

Jun 10, 2022 04:27 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel

Hi Dorie Dillard Austin TX We are not really fans of parades but this one is so original. Cheers! R&A

Jun 10, 2022 06:17 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Good morning, Alexandra... now that something to look forward to to kick off the summer! Love the 2022 poster graphic.

Jun 10, 2022 04:30 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel

Hi Nina Hollander, Broker Yes, we thought that poster was beautiful, too. Cheers! R&A

Jun 10, 2022 06:18 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Alexandra. After a long period of cloudy skies in Chicago, I am mesmerized by your clear sky photos. Oh yes, enjoy the parade! 

Jun 10, 2022 05:25 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel

Hi Wayne Martin June days often start out with our marine cloud layer and then turn into these vivid blue skies that we appreciate so much too. Cheers! R&A

Jun 10, 2022 06:20 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Alexandra and Ron - your post and the accompanying event link show potential for a terrific time.  It's easy to understand why this is a long running celebration to the arrival of a new season.  

Jun 10, 2022 05:26 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel

Hi Michael, yes it is quite cool and informal. Speaking of long-running  Parades the famous Rose Parade is right in your backyard, just after the Winter Solstice. Cheers! R&

Jun 10, 2022 06:23 AM
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Such a beautiful place to call home and it seems that there is always something to do in the area!

Jun 10, 2022 05:52 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel

Hi Brian England yes, much to do and you are always welcome to join us here in SB whenever you may be out west. Cheers! R&A

Jun 10, 2022 06:25 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

This looks like a really fun time Ron and Alexandra Seigel . I would like to spend a day or two absorbing the art. I really love this piece in your featured photo

but there is so much clutter around it that I'd like my eyes to be able to sort all that clutter out.

Jun 10, 2022 06:47 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel

Hi Bob "RealMan" Timm Good job sorting out the clutter. Cheers! R&A

Jun 11, 2022 07:21 PM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello A and Ron, Sorry have not seen many of your blogs and my fault.  Thanks for sharing this one.


Jun 10, 2022 10:03 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel

Hi Will Hamm Always a pleasure when you stop by. Cheers! R&A

Jun 11, 2022 07:20 PM
Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty
Waves Realty - Melbourne, FL
Florida Space Coast Homes

I love the giant puppets. The temps are perfect this time of year there...a bit hot by me :(

Jun 10, 2022 02:45 PM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel

Hi Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty the temps are hot. Hope your market is too! Cheers! R&A

Jun 11, 2022 07:19 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Ron and Alexandra Seigel  I had no idea, and the days of me going to parades are long in the rear view mirror so I live through your posts when it comes to parades:)Endre

Jun 10, 2022 11:47 PM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel

HI Endre Barath, Jr. We are not parade people either. But, this one is a real crow pleaser.  Thank you for stopping by. Cheers! R&A

Jun 11, 2022 07:18 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Retired Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Ron and Alexandra- I do love community parades!!!!  This one sounded like a lot of fun!

Jun 12, 2022 10:57 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel

Hi Kathy Streib It is a big hit in Santa Barbara. Cheers! R&A

Jun 12, 2022 07:27 PM
Hannah Williams
HomeStarr Realty - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376

Hi ! Ron and Alexandra Seigel what a fantastic way to kick off the summer!  Looks like so much fun  

Jun 13, 2022 06:01 PM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much for sharing your photographs.

Have an outstanding week.

Jun 14, 2022 03:45 AM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker/REALTOR® - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

Miss you guys! That is all.

Jun 24, 2022 04:20 AM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

I just spent a couple of days with the grandkids in Disneyland but would have rather been in Santa Barbara Ron and Alexandra Seigel 

Jun 26, 2022 04:44 PM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Ron and Alexandra Seigel - I have never been to Santa Barbara but would recognize so much of what you have shared. These pictures were very colorful and fun to see and read about. Thanks for sharing so much about your world that otherwise, I would not know. Hope you're doing well and experiencing life fully. 

Jun 30, 2022 12:27 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello A and Ron Thank You for sharing this great information with us here in the Rain.  Just got back from vacation.

Jun 30, 2022 09:41 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello A and Ron and Happy Independence Day to you.  I hope you have lots of plans to relax today!

Jul 04, 2022 09:08 AM