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    Posted June 17, 2013 by
    scttlndn
    Location
    Santa Barbara, California
    Assignment
    Assignment
    This iReport is part of an assignment:
    How do you welcome summer?

    Santa Barbara's Solstice Celebration

     

    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     scttlndn says the Santa Barbara summer solstice parade is one of most festive events of its kind in the United States.
    - alexislai, CNN iReport producer

    Each year at the end of June, Santa Barbara officially kicks off summer with a three-day Solstice Celebration. The highlight of the event is a fabulous parade known for its whimsical floats, colorfully-costumed stiltwalkers, goofy performance artists, Brazilian drummers, and giggling kids donning masks, costumes, and painted faces—to say nothing of the amazing samba dancers wearing feathers and sequins and not much else. The annual event got its start in 1974 and now attracts some 100,000 spectators and over 1,000 participants from around the world.
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