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Summer Solstice Events Still Need Volunteers

By John Palminteri, KEYT - KCOY - KKFX Senior Reporter, johnp1250@aol.com
Published On: Aug 06 2014 07:13:23 AM CDT
Updated On: Jun 16 2014 10:25:48 PM CDT

The annual Summer Solstice celebration will draw an estimated crowd of 75,000, but event organizers say they still need a team of volunteers to pull it off.

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. -

The annual Summer Solstice celebration will draw an estimated crowd of 75,000, but event organizers say they still need a team of volunteers to pull it off.

They are signing up volunteers this week, and have needs in many areas.

Specifically they need a helping hand with float pushers, t-shirt sales, parade route monitors, and in the beer garden.

Help is also needed in the float and costume building workshop site and in children's areas.

There are many other spots that need to be filled to make the event a success.

They can be found at http://www.solsticeparade.com/index.php/volunteer

This year's theme is GAMES.

The Summer Solstice weekend will cover three days highlighted by the parade Saturday at noon.  

The parade began in 1974, as a birthday celebration for a popular artist and mime named Michael Gonzales.

The Parade and festival are one of the largest events of the year in Santa Barbara.

Visitors from all over the world come to town to see the creations that include handmade floats, costumes, masks, inflatables, dance groups, and drummers.

It is followed by a day long party at Alameda Park with music, food, arts, crafts and children's activities.

The festival now opens on Friday afternoon,with music and local talent at Alameda Park that sometimes includes special highly acclaimed guests.  In the past, the festival has seen the likes of musicians Kenny Loggins, Jeff Bridges and Alan Parsons on the main stage.

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