Originating as a birthday celebration, Santa Barbara, California's Summer Solstice Parade began in 1974. This parade was created for Michael Gonzalez, a Santa Barbara resident and a mime and artist.[The parade is the largest single-day event in Santa Barbara County, attracting crowds of 100,000 people or more. Weeks prior to the day of the parade, a workshop is opened where participating artists and technicians work with the community to conceive ideas, build floats, make costumes, and put their performances together.
Saturday was a day to rupture confetti-filled eggs, wear glitter and eye-catching costumes in downtown Santa Barbara during the 45th Summer Solstice Celebration parade.
The annual gathering featured plenty of dancing, over-the-top entries, pulsating music, and revelers walking on stilts and rolling on rollerblades.
With the theme of “Wonder,” the spectacle offered more than 1,000 parade participants of all ages the opportunity to don whimsical costumes and handmade masks while people-powered floats and colorful puppets cruised along State Street and among the crowds.