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Annual solstice parade is this weekend

June 20, 2013 · Updated 12:53 PM

A participant in last year’s parade. The Solstice parade will start at noon on Saturday, June 22. / Contributed photo

The 15th Annual Summer Solstice parade and celebration returns to Eastsound on Saturday, June 22 at noon.

The whimsical and always colorful foot parade will wind its way up North Beach Road ending at the Stage on the Green for free local entertainment.

The summer celebration opens with costumed creatures and other colorful parade participants dancing their way into the Village Green to get the party started. Emcee Mark Padbury will open the celebration. The Sandfleas kick-off the musical performances with retro surf tunes. The Dust Bunnies will keep the dance party going with funk, rock music and antics. The winner of the first ever Farmers’ Market poster contest will also be announced.

The solstice event is a celebration of art, community and summer sponsored by the county parks and community volunteers. Participants are asked to gather on Haven Road near the Oddfellows Hall by 11:30 a.m.; no motorized vehicles, written words or livestock in the parade.

For more info, call 376-5458 or go to the Facebook page “Orcas Island Solstice Parade.”


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