UPDATE: Summer Solstice Parade & Festival to Return June 24-25

Plans for the return of The Santa Barbara Summer Solstice Celebration parade and festival is set for June 25. 

The 48th annual Solstice Parade will begin at noon June 25 at the intersection of Ortega and Santa Barbara Streets. The parade will travel on Santa Barbara Street and end at the Solstice Festival at Alameda Park at Sola Street. 

 Summer Solstice officials announced the theme for the 2022 Solstice Parade as “SHINE!”  

The Solstice Workshop will open to the public May 11 at the Community Arts Workshop. The Solstice Festival will take place in Alameda Park, June 24 and 25.   

To stay updated, join the Solstice mailing list by registering at http:///www.solsticeparade.com/stay-updated, or connect on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/SBSolstice  or see the website at http://www.solsticeparade.com 

 The annual poster and T-shirt contest is open to entries.  Artists in the community may submit artwork (limit two submissions per artist) that represents the 2022 Solstice Celebration theme.  This year’s deadline for submissions is 5 p.m. April 8. 

Submit a .jpg of artwork to [email protected] before the deadline. Submissions will be exhibited on Facebook for public voting.  Final selection will be made April 15 by a community panel in combination with the public votes. Artwork must be family friendly and appropriate for public marketing purposes.  

A $250 honorarium will be awarded to the artist for the chosen artwork. The winner’s image will appear on posters, T-shirts and social media posts during the 2022 season.   

 For more information email [email protected] or visit the Solstice website. 

The community is invited to the Summer Solstice Workshop, Parade and Festival. A paid staff of artists-in-residence will build the floats, make costumes and masks, organize the logistics, along with volunteers and participants who all work together from now until after the festival. 

Solstice organizers are looking for festival assistants, a volunteer coordinator, registrar, assistant program director, workshop technical assistants, special project assistants, parade monitors and artists in residence. 

In addition to staff positions and volunteering there are festival opportunities for musicians as well as food, arts and crafts and nonprofit booths and specialty sponsor booths.    

Organizers said Summer Solstice Celebration 2022 parade and festival will be presented in accordance with applicable public health conditions as of the date of the event and which may change at any time as determined by federal, state or local government health agencies or CDC recommendations. 

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