Solstice Parade Will Be ‘Blooming’ Virtual Again This Year

Santa Barbara’s Wanda Venturelli

With the Summer Solstice Celebration 2021 theme of “Bloom,” Santa Barbara’s Wanda Venturelli has won the annual T-shirt and poster design her artwork “Rain of Flowers.” 

However, the 47th annual Solstice parade and festival will not take place on State Street as in year’s past. Some discussion was given to having the parade on Cabrillo Boulevard by the beach, but because of the pandemic that idea was scrapped. 

“We are still in the process of finalizing our 2021 festivities,” said Robin Elander, Solstice executive director. “We are working very closely with Santa Barbara County Public Health and Safety to ensure we comply with all of the recommended guidelines with respect to current and projected COVID-19 restrictions.” 

She in a news release that, “Although sadly, we can’t have the regular parade or festival this year, we have been given the green light to expand our event in other ways.”  

Workshops for groups of 10 or fewer to be video recorded in front of a green screen and put on State Street post-production for a “Virtual State Street Parade,” Elander said.  

 Recording is by appointment only.  Appointment times can be scheduled at various hours beginning May 10 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Community Arts Workshop, 631 Garden St. 

Groups of 10 or more can schedule a recording session at Alameda Park on May 22 between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. Appointments will be made in half-hour increments. To schedule a time slot, see http://www.solsticeparade.com/2021-parade-participation 

 “While we can’t be together, physically, on State this year, we invite you to participate in a citywide celebration that can happen in your own front yard,” Elander said. “In addition to producing the Virtual State Street Parade and the Virtual Home-Grown Parade, our Solstice Artists in Residence will be creating art installations throughout town and installing a Blooming Inflatable Garden.”  

 “Dress up your house, dress up your business in the spirit of community celebration,” she said.  “This is a great opportunity to ignite that spark of creativity after such a long and arduous year of social distancing. The power to create and be a light for our community is literally at your front door.” 

 The long-form video parade will be shown on the Solstice YouTube Channel around June 27.  It will include the Virtual State Street parade as well as all community video and photo submissions. 

 For more information, see www.solsticeparade.com 

This is the winning artwork in this year’s Summer Solstice T-shirt and poster design contest.

Posted May 3, 2021.

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