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.
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.”
“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.”
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.
“Time Travel Trike”
Artist Geoffrey Barber gave a nod to Sci Fi author H.G. Wells with his time machine creation.
“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!”
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.
Thanks to photographer Robert Bernstein for sharing his photos. You can see more of his SB Solstice Parade photos here.