Wednesday, June 15, 2005

KING5.com | Fremont Solstice Parade going politically correct?

By ERIC WILKINSON / KING 5 News

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.

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