There will not be a solstice parade in 2021, nor will there be the usual paint-up party at CSR Marine.

2019 Time Line

6:00-9:00 p.m. Set up at CSR Marine, 4701 Shilshole Ave NW.

8:30-12:00 Painting at CSR Marine.

12:15-12:30 Organize for the ride and exit CSR Marine.  Take everything with you.  Gates close at 12:30 sharp.

12:30-1:00 Ride to parade through Ballard.

1:00-1:30 Enter the parade route.  Continue forward to Gasworks Park (we’re experimenting with no looping this year).

10:00-4:00 Clean up at CSR Marine.

Painting parties

If you want to organize your own paint-up and you’re willing to share the experience with new friends, please post to  Rendezvous at the stretch of Bowdoin Place just west of Leary by 1:00pm.

See the page on the main paint party if you want to join the bulk of the riders in painting up.

Join the community

To get (or provide) further details on the ride, the paint party, and painting ideas, join our community by sending a message to, with a short message saying how you fit in.

The Painted Cyclists have long been a fixture of the Fremont Solstice Parade experience.  The parade is produced by the Fremont Arts Council; it’s a fantastic and whimsical celebration of the return of the sun, complete with larger than life puppets, floats, and street performers.

The Painted Cyclists engage and entertain the crowd with our boldness, bareness and enthusiasm. Join us as we welcome summer to Seattle with an outpouring of artistic expression, fossil-fuel-free travel, and fun.

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