Tuesday, June 14, 2005

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)



By KERY MURAKAMI AND ROBERT L. JAMIESON Jr.SEATTLE POST-INTELLIGENCER REPORTERS

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