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Fremont Solstice Parade 2024

June 22 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

The Fremont Solstice Parade is not just an event; it’s a vibrant expression of Seattle’s creative spirit, and at the heart of this jubilation is the Rainbow City Marching Band. Since its inception in 1998, the band has been a beacon of joy and inclusivity, marching proudly through the streets of Seattle. The band was founded to provide a welcoming space for LGBTQIA+ musicians and has since become a symbol of diversity, acceptance, and community celebration.

Each year, the Rainbow City Marching Band brings its unique blend of music and merriment to the Fremont Solstice Parade, contributing to the event’s reputation as a family-friendly festival of whimsy and wonder. The band’s history is rich with moments that have delighted audiences, from the stirring sounds of brass and percussion to the colorful swirl of the color guard’s flags. Their participation is not just a performance; it’s a statement of pride and a display of the enduring spirit of Seattle’s diverse communities.

About the Event

The Fremont Solstice Parade itself is a spectacle of human imagination and community collaboration. On June 22, 2024, the streets of Fremont will come alive with giant puppets, stilt walkers, floats, dancers, cyclists, and musicians—all powered by the people, for the people. The parade route starts at the intersection of Leary Ave N and N. 39th St, winding its way to the iconic Lenin statue, and culminating at the Fremont Rocket. It’s a place where everyone can be an artist, and every artist is celebrated.

For more information about the event, how to participate, or to simply soak in the creativity of the Fremont community, visit the Fremont Arts Council’s website. Whether you’re there to march, dance, build, or just observe, the Fremont Solstice Parade is an experience that encapsulates the joy of the summer solstice—a celebration of light, life, and community that you won’t want to miss.

About the Performers

Rainbow City Marching Band, Drumline, and Rainbow City Color Guard are three of the performance ensembles of Rainbow City Performing Arts. They perform at various parades, festivals, and community events throughout the year, bringing joy and color to the streets. Rainbow City Marching Band plays a variety of music, from pop to classical, with a focus on fun and entertainment. Rainbow City Color Guard adds visual flair and movement to the band’s music, using flags, sabers, and dance. Together, they create a dynamic and diverse show that celebrates LGBTQIA+ pride and inclusion.

About Rainbow City

Rainbow City Performing Arts is a nonprofit organization that celebrates LGBTQIA+ diversity and inclusion through musical expression. Rainbow City consists of seven performance ensembles that play various genres of music, such as jazz, orchestra, sports band, and drumline. Their mission is to create a safe and supportive environment for musicians of all identities, skills, and backgrounds, and to promote the equity and visibility of LGBTQIA+ people in the community. The nonprofit also supports young and marginalized artists by commissioning new works and providing instruments and scholarships. You can support their performance through volunteering or contributing at rainbowcity.org.

Want to join our contingent as a volunteer?

You can check out the opportunities we have available to be a part of the fun and meet the members.

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June 22
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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