With only a day to wander around Seattle, I was wondering if the slightly strange Seattle neighborhood of Fremont was worth a visit... until a friend told me about the giant troll statue under a bridge there. Sold!
The Aurora Bridge troll is the result of a 1989 local arts council competition. He's big--big enough to hold a (statue of a) Volkswagen Beetle in his hand. He seems safe enough, but, then again, I visited during daylight hours...
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Get Wild at the Fremont Solstice Parade
If you know one thing about the Fremont Solstice Parade, it’s undoubtedly the naked body-painted cyclists. The colorful, fancifully painted riders are the highlight of a weird and funky festival that takes over Seattle’s Fremont neighborhood each June for the summer solstice. Before and after the parade, you can admire the lineup of amazing art cars, browse the craft market, listen to musical performances, and watch strolling entertainers in the streets. There’s even a dog parade on Sunday afternoon for our furry friends. Kids’ activities include painting, chalk art, rubber band printmaking, puppet-making, and musical instruments. Parking is an ordeal, so festival-goers are strongly advised to take the bus or ride bikes to the festival via the Burke-Gilman Trail (how much clothing you wear is up to you).