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SB Solstice Floats Before & After

Santa Barbara's Community Arts Workshop, ground zero of Solstice float creation (Photo Traffic411)

Santa Barbara’s Community Arts Workshop, ground zero of Solstice float creation (Photo Traffic411)

It was so much fun visiting the Community Arts Workshop (the “CAW”) to watch Santa Barbara Solstice Parade artists and float builders at work.  What a difference a few days made as far as the process of their creations.  I know at least one artist stayed up all night in order to have his float ready for Saturday.

Here are a few of the 2015 entries – in process and then ‘ready for their close ups’ — in Santa Barbara’s 2015 Summer Solstice Parade.

“The Cloud”

Santa Barbara native John Sinclair has been participating in Solstice for years. Now living on the east coast, he was able to come back to town to create his float “The Cloud.”

John Sinclair's "The Cloud" Solstice entry three days before the parade (Photo Traffic411)

John Sinclair’s “The Cloud” Solstice entry three days before the parade (Photo Traffic411)

“We’re not necessarily trying to be a cloud in the sky, but ‘the Cloud…’  Science fiction is the theme this year, so I thought what is more science fiction than the idea that someday we will all just be part of the Cloud, not human entities anymore.”

'Cloudies' prepping ahead of the Solstice Parade. (Photo Ken Pfeiffer)

‘Cloudies’ prepping ahead of the Solstice Parade. (Photo Ken Pfeiffer)

Artist John Sinclair evangelizing to parade watchers that one day we would all be 'in the cloud.' (Photo Traffic411)

Artist John Sinclair evangelizing to parade watchers that one day we would all be ‘in the cloud.’ (Photo Traffic411)

John invited my friend Ken Pfeiffer and me to be in the parade, along with his family including his mom, Sarah. His grandmother, Sally Graham, waved to parade watchers from the top of the Cloud float.

"The Cloud" makes its way down State Street in the 2015 Santa Barbara Solstice Parade. That's me in the white lab coat arm raised (Photo Robert Bernstein)

“The Cloud” makes its way down State Street in the 2015 Santa Barbara Solstice Parade. That’s me in the white lab coat arm raised (Photo Robert Bernstein)

“Time Travel Trike”

Artist Geoffrey Barber gave a nod to Sci Fi author H.G. Wells with his time machine creation.

Artist Geoffrey Barber on his "Time Trike" SB Solstice Parade 2015 (Photo by Robert Bernstein)

Artist Geoffrey Barber on his “Time Trike” SB Solstice Parade 2015 (Photo by Robert Bernstein)

“It’s actually a Time Trike,” he said. Barber says some of his favorite parts of Solstice are the parties and the ‘push back.’ “The push back is at the end of the parade when we’re getting all the floats back…because it means you’ve done your job!”

This is the "Time Machine Trike" in progress (Photo Traffic411)

This is the “Time Machine Trike” in progress (Photo Traffic411)

Solstice artist Geoffrey Barber on his 'Time Machine Trike' meets up with a scary looking friend along the parade route (Photo by Robert Bernstein)

Solstice artist Geoffrey Barber on his ‘Time Machine Trike’ meets up with a scary looking friend along the parade route (Photo by Robert Bernstein)

 

Read more:  Building Santa Barbara’s Solstice Parade

“Solar Flying Saucer”

Aliens peek out of the window of their foil-wrapped saucer, as dancers of all ages move along State Street.

aliens peek out a window of their space craftr

“Sci Fi” is the theme for this year’s Santa Barbara Solstice Parade (photo Lisa Osborn)

Flying saucer dancers warming up for Solstice Parade (Photo Traffic411)

Flying saucer dancers warming up for Solstice Parade (Photo Traffic411)

 

Thanks to photographer Robert Bernstein for sharing his photos. You can see more of his SB Solstice Parade photos here.

SB photographer Robert Bernstein (right) with friends at the 2015 Solstice Parade. (Photo Robert Bernstein)

SB photographer Robert Bernstein (right) with friends at the 2015 Solstice Parade. (Photo Robert Bernstein)

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