Santa Barbara's Sunny-Side Celebration

The summer solstice has a special meaning for my husband and me. It’s the day we chose to marry seven years ago.More than just a convenient way to remember our anniversary date, we love long summer days. But maybe not as much as the residents of Santa Barbara.

Every year since 1974, this coastal community has celebrated the event with its Summer Solstice Parade. It actually began as a birthday celebration for a popular artist and mime named Michael Gonzales.Today, about 100,000 gather over the weekend to watch the spectacle unfold.

Bubbles, steam-snorting dragons, Carnival-style dancers and psychedelic fish lined State Street and proceeded to mesmerize the crowds. The 1,000 parade participants delivered and excelled on this year’s “creatures” theme.

How nice of Santa Barbara to make our anniversary extra memorable.

The summer solstice has a special meaning for my husband and me. It’s the day we chose to marry seven years ago.

More than just a convenient way to remember our anniversary date, we love long summer days. But maybe not as much as the residents of Santa Barbara.

Every year since 1974, this coastal community has celebrated the event with its Summer Solstice Parade. It actually began as a birthday celebration for a popular artist and mime named Michael Gonzales.

Today, about 100,000 gather over the weekend to watch the spectacle unfold. Bubbles, steam-snorting dragons, Carnival-style dancers and psychedelic fish lined State Street and proceeded to mesmerize the crowds. The 1,000 parade participants delivered and excelled on this year’s “creatures” theme.

How nice of Santa Barbara to make our anniversary extra memorable.

- See more at: http://snapshottraveler.com/#sthash.VaRvuZYI.dpuf

The summer solstice has a special meaning for my husband and me. It’s the day we chose to marry seven years ago.

More than just a convenient way to remember our anniversary date, we love long summer days. But maybe not as much as the residents of Santa Barbara.

Every year since 1974, this coastal community has celebrated the event with its Summer Solstice Parade. It actually began as a birthday celebration for a popular artist and mime named Michael Gonzales.

Today, about 100,000 gather over the weekend to watch the spectacle unfold. Bubbles, steam-snorting dragons, Carnival-style dancers and psychedelic fish lined State Street and proceeded to mesmerize the crowds. The 1,000 parade participants delivered and excelled on this year’s “creatures” theme.

How nice of Santa Barbara to make our anniversary extra memorable.

- See more at: http://snapshottraveler.com/#sthash.VaRvuZYI.dpuf

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