Tuesday, June 28, 2005


Originally uploaded by Terry Wallace.
Terry Wallace has just posted a really fine set of photos from the Fremont Parade. Check them out!

In this photo, I get a sense of what it must have felt like to be under a bike helmet, plastered with paint. Excellent shot.

Face Painter: Video Interview

Face Painter
Originally uploaded by digitalreporter.
Video Interviw with Irina, the Russian born face painter from New Orleans. (wmv, 2 minutes)

Monday, June 27, 2005

Google Groups : Google-Labs-Google-Video

"Today we're pleased to announce that we're (finally) launching a new
Google Video feature: video playback of all that great content you
folks uploaded to us. Given that we started accepting uploads back in
April, this development is certainly long overdue; we'd like to
apologize for the delay and thank you for your newsgroup posts, your
emails, your blog posts... oh, yes, and your patience.

Feel free to test out our new playback feature. Keep in mind only the
videos that feature a small triangle 'play' icon next to the snippets
of transcript text will allow playback. Try typing in the following
search terms to watch free videos: gamespot, Greenpeace, AdWords,
badminton, PS3, cattlemen, Hortus, sarong, breakdancing, capoeira.

Going forward, we plan to use this newsgroup to communicate product
changes and updates and respond to your inquiries in (ahem) a more
timely manner. Enjoy the video playback, and please do keep writing.
Google Video is still in beta; we have a lot of work to do to make this
product as good as it can be, and your opinions and ideas are always

And so, of course, are your videos. Keep those uploads coming!


The Google Video Team "

The Seattle Times: Gay-pride parade shatters records

"'Tiffany' throws a bouquet to the crowd watching the Seattle Pride March/Parade yesterday. Organizers said it lasted nearly four hours, attracting a record-breaking crowd of 150,000 and a record 184 entries. The huge turnout makes it more likely that the gay-pride festivities will move from Volunteer Park on Capitol Hill to Seattle Center next year, parade spokeswoman Lauri Hennessey said."

Photo gallery: Seattle Pride Festival 2005

Flickr Pride Photo Sets

Flickr Seattle Group message post by: djwudi

Photos not sets yet: dimdim and adpowers.

News: Google To Launch Online Video Playback Today

John Battelle's Searchblog: News: Google To Launch Online Video Playback Today: "I've confirmed that Monday Google will launch an in-browser video playback feature based on the open source VLC media player. This is the logical next step for Google's video search and upload function, which began taking uploads from anyone who cared to submit back in April.

Google will not disclose the raw numbers of videos that have been uploaded to date, but the company will make all those which were tagged as 'free' available for real time streaming through the VLC player, which Google has modified and will make available for download Monday morning. The company also intends to make its VLC code available to the open source community as part of their Google code project. "


Hey Flickr! Montage this! | News.blog | CNET News.com

"I remember when photo montages became all the rage at the Rogue Valley Mall where I grew up in Southern Oregon. You know the ones; the poster shops had just gotten over the Magic Eye fad and welcomed in a new era of novelty art, those pictures made up of thousands of tiny pictures.

I always thought I'd like to try my hand at creating one myself. But as any good procrastinator in the digital age knows, wait long enough before starting any project and some highly motivated developer will do the dirty work for you. Enter Billy Fowks.

Fowks is a Web developer who lives and works in Brooklyn, N.Y. A photographer, Fowks found a gold mine in Flickr's enormous database of photos. After seeing a Web app built using Flickr photos, Fowks was inspired to make one of his own.

The result is a neat little tool called the Flickr Montager that lets users create those photos-made-of-photos without all the messy glue and paper scraps. After a search term is input into the tool, it searches Flickr's database for a photo with that tag. "

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Posted by Jennifer Guevin

NOTE: It would be cool if all the online phones from each of the 2005 Summer Seattle events (Fremont Parade/Fair, Pride Parade, Bite of Seattle, Hemp Fest, etc) were made into a giant digital montage.

Drop That Cellphone, You Celebrity. It's a Film Premiere. - New York Times

The publicity blunders leading up to the release of Paramount Studios' "War of the Worlds" turned into a pratfall on Thursday, when heavy security at the movie's New York premiere at the Ziegfeld Theater meant that guests had to stand in long lines to reclaim their cellphones and handbags. Even Tim Robbins, Alec Baldwin and Steven Spielberg were required to check their phones, a Paramount source said.

Paramount had security guards confiscate all cellphones and handbags before the start of the movie, something the company warned about in all tickets and invitations to the screenings. (Studios have taken cellphones before but handbags seemed a new twist here.) The concern wasn't that Mr. Spielberg would be talking loudly to his agent during the quiet parts, but that people might try to capture scenes using cellphone cameras.

"We're committed to doing everything we can to protect our films against piracy," said a spokeswoman for the studio.

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Saturday, June 25, 2005

Gay pride parade is brought to you by ...

Microsoft, Starbucks, Wamu among local corporate supporters

"If Microsoft Corp. was skittish about supporting gay rights legislation in Olympia, it doesn't seem to have reservations about being a sponsor in tomorrow's gay pride parade in Seattle.
More than 100 Microsoft employees, including members of the Gay and Lesbian Employees at Microsoft, are expected to march in the parade. The Redmond software company also will have a booth in Volunteer Park as part of the festivities.
And Microsoft isn't alone.
Despite boycott threats from anti-gay groups and the perception of a gay marriage backlash from the American public, corporate sponsorship of gay pride festivities held around the country this month remains strong, according to event organizers nationwide and advertising agencies that specialize in reaching gay and lesbian consumers.
From Anheuser-Busch to Bank of America, Avis-Rent-a-Car to Aetna Insurance, mainstream businesses that might have once thought twice about flying their logos alongside the rainbow flag are actively courting a market they consider beneficial, if not essential, to their bottom lines.
For many Seattle businesses, participation in the local pride parade is about acknowledging the city's residents and their customers."


Friday, June 24, 2005

Seattle Pride Parade and Festival Digital Point-Of-View Photo/Video Contest

Press Release

Attendees At The Two Day Pride Explosion Can Easily E-Mail Links To Their Photos, Videos and Galleries

Seattle, WA – Everyone that attends the 31st annual Seattle Pride celebration this weekend with a camera, picture cell phone or camcorder is eligible to enter their multimedia points-of-view into the online contest at the public Yahoo Group FreFair

Picture cell phone users can e-mail their photos and short video clips directly from the Seattle streets within moments of capturing the scene from their prospective at: frefair@yahoogroups.com

“There are oodles of online digital photos and blog accounts that the mega search engines just do not pick up,” states JOlmsted, the online digital summer 2005 contest organizer. “Our growing online community provides an easy, free, non-restricted site for everyone to share and see diverse view points and also celebrate individual’s creative use of digital recording mediums. Last week, a similar online contest created for the Fremont Parade/Fair attendees, produced a single “link page” to thousands of images for individuals to experience internationally.” (more)

Gay Pride turnout may be largest ever

Gay Pride turnout may be largest ever: "It may be the last gay pride celebration on Capitol Hill, but it'll be the biggest.

Organizers expect more than 130,000 people to attend this weekend's Seattle Pride 2005, if past trends are any indication.
'Last year I spoke to people from (the Czech Republic), Germany and then, of course, Southern California, New York, the East Coast,' said Dale Kershner, marketing director for the Seattle Pride Committee. 'People literally come from everywhere.'

The annual event -- this year is the 31st Seattle Pride -- launches tonight with a kick-off party at Timberline Spirits, 1828 Yale Ave.
Weekend festivities begin at 11 a.m. tomorrow and Sunday at Volunteer Park, where entertainment includes musical performances, Gay Bingo and an outdoor movie showing.

This year's parade (Sunday) will be the event's largest, with about 180 groups -- from Dykes on Bikes to Poodles for Pride -- marching through Capitol Hill.

For more information, including a full listing of the weekend's schedule, visit www.seattlepride.org." (More)

Thursday, June 23, 2005


Originally uploaded by Chas Redmond.
Another cool looking birds eye view of the Fremont Fair.

Chas Redmond, the photographer, has several interesting 180-degree panorama pixs of the Fremont street scene before the parade began.

Wednesday, June 22, 2005

Aaron's Photo Gallery Image 44 of 53

Click title to see full gallery.

This is one of my favorite biker pics. I like the colors and the composition. Post your favorite biker snap in comments and explain why you like it.

The Seattle Times Audio Interview - Video

Parade Banner
Originally uploaded by digitalreporter.

The camcorder was rolling when award winning Seattle Times photojournalist Alan Berner recorded an interview on a handheld mini disc recorder with the parade marcher holding the FAC Summer Solstice Banner.

The interview was posted on the front page of the SeattleTimes on Sunday June 19th.

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Tuesday, June 21, 2005

Broken Rule

Originally uploaded by jakeludington.
One of the rules of the Fremont Parade is "No Letters". As you can see, letters can be seen on the back of the marcher's signs.

What happens when a FAC rule is broken?

O Young Again

Originally uploaded by Shredboard.
Another photo of O Young getting snapped at the parade.

Self Snaps

Originally uploaded by Shredboard.
Photo gallery from the point-of-view of a painted biker.

Lots Of People

Lots Of People
Originally uploaded by daniel.mcg.
This is the first "birds eye view" I've seen of the Fremont Fair. Are some of the parade published online?

Press Photoland

Originally uploaded by p_d_gibson.
When I was snapping photos out on this island during the parade, I was appoached by a guy that told me the spot was reserved for media only. When I showed him the media card on my belt, he said "only pre-registered media" was allowed.

Does anyone know anything about this?

The Seattle Times photographer walked the parade and wasn't with his pack.

So, who are these guys and what are the pubs? I'd like to see there snaps.

Monday, June 20, 2005

Young O Snapped

Originally uploaded by bechillnow.
Young 0 gets snapped by bechillnow.

Summer Solstice Smile

Russian born professional face painter Irina from New Orleans provided free solstice make overs to parade participants from 9am until high noon. Posted by Hello

Links to thousands of 2005 Solstice Parade Photos now available here.

If you have Fremont Parade/Fair photos, please send a link or attach a couple of them to your email here.

Sample Photo Galleries

Sunday, June 19, 2005

The Seattle Times: Celebrating the season at free-spirited Fremont festival

ALAN BERNER / THE SEATTLE TIMES: Solstice Parade photo gallery (1 of 13 images)

Elia Disorder was the order of the day in Fremont yesterday as the Seattle neighborhood kicked off its 34th annual Fremont Fair with the Solstice Parade. The parade featured music, dancers like Elia Pickens, photo, and the Gira Sol samba group, costumes and the event's signature naked bicyclists.

Organizers expect between 80,000 and 100,000 people to attend the fair, which continues today. (more)

Listen to parade participants (MP3)
Katmancando talks about his tiger suit.
A woman describes her unusual outfit.

Friday, June 17, 2005

The Seattle Sun and Star: Chaos, creativity fuel Fremont parade

by Alex Kratz

Naked. Hippie. Loud.

Those three words define the Fremont Summer Solstice Festival, according to an informal survey conducted by solstice parade director Monica Miller.

Now, if you talk to anyone involved in the actual parade, they'll tell you a different story. They'll tell you it's about art, community, freedom of expression. They'll also tell you that it is partially naked, pretty hippie, and definitely loud. But that's not the essence of the parade. That's not the spirit of the event.

L.J. McAllister photo

Photo: Brian Kooser works on a robot head for the Fremont Solstice Parade.

Really, that's just the crazy naked bicyclists who precede the parade every year. They get all the press, all the hype, all the lasting impressions. People who work on the parade openly despise them.

The nude bikers take away from all the legitimate art that volunteers spend countless hours creating. With one exhibitional blow, months of hard work by solstice parade artists is knocked from our collective conscious.

Which giant wooly mammoth did you remember from last year's parade, the one made of paper mache or the one riding a ten speed?

Whichever the case, the solstice parade draws tens of thousands of gawkers every year and continues to grow and thrive in its seventeenth year of existence. (more)

Phone Phone Images and Video Clips

A Picture Album from my PCS Vision Camera

Play Voice Memo View Slideshow

Photo: 12:45pm - Food For Fremont Fair/Parade in my roll around suit case at Pike Place Market

Message: Photo phone images with audio clips and video clips are being published on the NDR MSN Spaces Blog as well as the FreFair Yahoo Group directly from the streets of Seattle and Fremont within moments of the recordings.

Violence label pains piercers

Parade denial one thing, stereotypes quite another

This is a tale of two parades and a group of pierced performance artists who thought they'd found the perfect home in one, but were told they'd be better suited to the other.

It's also a tale of perceptions, or misperceptions, and stereotypes.

A group called PURE -- People Undergoing Real Experiences -- was recently voted out of tomorrow's Fremont Solstice Parade, despite a freakout-free precedent last year. Members were OK with the decision. They got it: Having people suspended by hooks on a pirate ship float could scare children, as well as much-needed sponsors.

What they weren't OK with is the suggestion that they'd be a better fit for the Seattle Pride Parade and that they were violent.

"We listened to NPR and it came out as, 'PURE is violent, violent to themselves.' But we told them we're clowns, we're circus people," said Xavier Frost, a member of the body modification-heavy group. "That's what made us angry. The other point they said that tops the entire cake is that they said this is a family-organized parade for the family, so why don't you take what you do and take it to the Gay Pride Parade, it would fit better with them. ... That says to us, 'They're already a subculture, they're already freaky enough, already weird.' "

Neither is the Solstice Parade, but with a reputation for nude bicyclists and giant inflatable penises, it isn't exactly a Main Street USA event.

Because PURE had already participated without incident -- and only one official complaint -- in last year's Solstice Parade, group members thought they'd finally found an accepting public platform.

"I was not under the impression that this was a kiddie parade," said Daif Hahn, one of the founders of PURE. "The whole thing is pretty much about button-pushing. Nudity is completely illegal, yet they're allowed to do it. These are not things you'd see at a normal-type parade."

PURE, which doesn't plan to march in the Seattle Pride Parade, will march tomorrow respectfully in protest -- sans suspensions -- with the blessing of the same people who voted to keep them out.


Thursday, June 16, 2005

Seattle Post-Intelligencer: Anything goes in neighborhood parade? Not quite

SEATTLE -- Turns out there ARE limits at the Fremont Solstice Parade, where naked cyclists are an annual feature. The body piercers' float has been nixed.

Prompted by a letter from a concerned citizen, Fremont Arts Council members began talking about just how edgy they wanted to be. Finally, the council board voted to ban the float planned this year by the group called People Undergoing Real Experiences. (Editor: Join FAC online discussion)

Last year, PURE's float was pulled by people who attached ropes to piercings in their backs - and it seemed parade-goers were cool with it. (Editor: PURE members were also pulled by the float. See 2004 Photos, Discussion)

"I think a lot of people really didn't realize what was going in till we got right up next to them but then they did - I don't think they were freaking out or anything," said PURE member and float puller John Bridges, 19, a short-order cook.

"I think it was generally well received," Bridges said.

Apparently not. (more)


Wednesday, June 15, 2005

KING5.com | Fremont Solstice Parade going politically correct?


SEATTLE – Could it be one of Seattle's most famous expressions of freedom is going politically correct?

From the legendary naked bicyclists to cross-dressing clergy, the annual Fremont Solstice Parade has been the place where untraditional values were the most accepted, until now.

The Fremont Arts Council banned the act because it's not "family friendly."
A group of pierced performance artists called PURE want to march in Saturday's parade, suspended from hooks inserted through their skin.

In last year's parade they pulling their float with cables attached to hooks pierced through their flesh.

"This is based from 5,000 years of culture and tradition that happened all over the world," said Jenny Morgensen, PURE artist.

But in Fremont 2005, the normally iconoclastic Fremont Arts Council banned the act saying it wasn't "family friendly."

Members of PURE still plan to march in the parade - as an act of protest - but they say none of them will be hanging from hooks.

Tuesday, June 14, 2005

Press Release: Fremont Summer Solstice Parade and Fremont Fair Digital Point-Of-View Photo, Video and PodCast Contest

Attendees At The Two Day Art Parade and Fair Can Easily E-Mail Their Best SnapShots, Videos and PodCasts To A Public An Online Community To Compete For A Variety Of Tasty and Unique Prizes

Seattle, WA – Everyone that attends the 17th Fremont Summer Solstice Parade and 34th Fremont Fair June 18/19 with a camera, picture cell phone, camcorder or digital voice recorder is eligible to enter their multimedia points-of-view into an online contest at the public Yahoo Group FreFair

Picture cell phone users can e-mail their photos and short video clips directly from the Fremont streets within moments of capturing the scene from their prospective at: frefair@yahoogroups.com

“I created this group back in 2001,” states JOlmsted, the online digital contest organizer. “For a single selfish reason – I wanted to see as many points-of-view from this amazing annual art experience. There are oodles of online digital photos and blog accounts that the mega search engines just do not pick up. This community will provide an easy, free, non-restricted site for people to see other view points and also celebrate individual’s creative use of digital recording mediums. I enjoy experiencing the world through the eye-of-the-artist.”

Fremont Parade

The Fremont Arts Council presents the largest walking PUBLIC art event in Seattle for the individuals to gather and create a Solstice celebration dedicated to building community through art. The canvas stretches from professional artists, and performers to community groups, schools and individuals creating beautiful, funny, satirical and often unexpected objects and performances. http://www.fremontartscouncil.org/

Fremont Fair

Just about everyone in Fremont has helped or participated in the Fremont Fair in one way or another - it is truly a grass-roots community celebration and a product of all we know and love about the spirit of Fremont.

The Fremont Public Association (FPA) took over stewardship of the fair a few years after it's inception. FPA is also the beneficiary of revenue generated by the fair. During the first few years of FPA producing the fair, people were asked to bring canned food to help restart the Fremont Food Bank, which was relocating from the basement of the Fremont Baptist Church, or aluminum cans, to help launch the FPA's curb-side recycling efforts.

Many years later, FPA has grown to one of the largest human service agencies in the city, with almost 30 programs serving low-income individuals and families throughout Seattle, King County and beyond. http://http://www.fremontpublic.org/.

More Information

An expanding prize list, contest categories, corresponding blogs, links, photos, files and more information, is now available on the front page of the Yahoo Group FreFair - http://groups.yahoo.com/group/frefair

The Fremont Summer Solstice Parade and Fremont Fair Digital Point-Of-View Photo, Video and PodCast Contest is NOT associated with the Fremont Public Association or the Fremont Arts Council.


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Press Releases

Fremont Arts Council Discussion Group

A fun freewheeling open discussion list for members of the Fremont Arts Council.

Click here to join facbull
Click to join facbull

It is a surprise to see that here are no links in the link list or photos in the photo gallery of this 5 year old online group made up of artists.

Seattle Sunshine Services - Sunshine Greetings!

Since the festivals/fairs have already began, I thought I better get this listing to you ASAP. There is plenty of fun in the sun to be had this Summer!

For a calendar of festivals and more, click on http://www.seattlesunshine.com/news.html

Be sure to gander at my other adventure photos too...

Summer, 2005 is going to be the Best Summer Ever!!!
If you have a company picnic that could use guaranteed sunshine, that is my specialty!

Have some fun today.

Larry J. Karr
Massage Director
Seattle Sunshine Massage
cellular: (206)618-0029

Seattle PI: Piercing group too far out for even Solstice Parade

Photo: Kat Suletzki.com. Fremont Parade 2004 - That has gotta hurt (they are pulling a float)

"Apparently not everything goes at the Fremont Solstice Parade.

Organizers of the annual parade with nude bicyclists, and last year a giant inflatable penis, have decided that people pulling a float with a chain hooked to their piercings goes too far.

They've banned a group that marched last year from making a reappearance in Saturday's parade -- this time dressed up as pirates with two people suspended on a pirate ship float from hooks in their skin.

The debate over the group, People Undergoing Real Experiences, has pitted those concerned about limiting the freedom of expression in a neighborhood that so values its uniqueness it has a giant statue of Lenin against those worried about freaking people out.

Monica Miller, the parade's director, said board members of the Fremont Arts Council, which runs the parade, made the decision in a 7-2 vote during an emergency meeting Saturday after failing to reach a consensus." (more)


Monday, June 13, 2005

KIROTV.com - Fremont Fair And Summer Solstice Parade

KIROTV.com - Events: "The ever-evolving and eclectic Fremont Fair is one of Seattle's largest and most beloved community art celebrations, drawing people from throughout the Northwest. Celebrating the Summer Solstice, it is considered the city's summer kickoff celebration, featuring more than 350 craft and import booths, 50+ local musical artists, street performers, beer gardens, an Art Car display, Saturday night outdoor movie and 30+ excellent food and beverage booths.

Parade Highlights

The Fremont Solstice Parade

With crazy costumes, outrageous floats and yes, naked bicyclists, the Solstice Parade has become a Mardi Gras style spectacle of fun, music and dance. The parade begins Saturday at noon, starting at at 3rd Ave NW and NW 36th."

Sunday, June 12, 2005

Contest Winners Will Receive - SmartZone Bars!

"At the moment, the big prize for the winners of the Fremont Summer Solstice Parade and Fremont Fair Digital Point-Of-View Photo, Video and PodCast Contest that will be judged by an online poll, are:

Smart Zone - Controlled Release Nutrition Bars (Chocolate or Peanut Butter/Chocolate)

(Looking for more prizes)

Digital Cameras Go Disposable (Almost)

CVS and Ritz Camera sell two disposable camera models made by Pure Digital Technologies.CVS and Ritz Camera sell two disposable camera models made by Pure Digital Technologies. Photo Credit: Courtesy of CVS Photo

"Digital cameras have now arrived in every segment of the film-camera market. In addition to pricey single-lens-reflex units, ultra-small fashion-oriented models and plain old everyday compact cameras, you can now buy single-use digital cameras that cost hardly more than their film counterparts.

CVS drugstores sell two models in this category, a $10 basic version and one that costs $20 and has a small color display. Both store 25 photos. Ritz Camera has similar products, charging $18.99 for the model with the color display and $10.99 for the one without." (more)

By Daniel Greenberg
Special to The Washington Post