Fremont is a Seattle neighborhood just north of the ship canal. Traditionally shipbuilders and fisher folk, now home to a thriving arts community Fremont's Solstice Celebration is a highlight of my year - music, dancing, art, food, drink, cheerful crowds and a no-holds-barred parade. The parade, with no signs, sponsors or advertising, features larger-than-life puppets, fantastic costumes, and irreverent, human-powered floats. Fremont is rapidly gentrifying and going high-tech so each parade may be the last.

Bellevue, Washington