WEATHER »

Boo, Solstice


Pacing has always been an issue with this homegrown, deliberately unpolished parade. In past years this shortcoming has been handily overcome by inventive floats, energetic dancers, and the whole “let’s put on a show” vibe of the beloved Solstice Parade tradition. This year, however, the snail-like pace, creative sloppiness, and lack of organization really showed. As spectators were overheard commenting during the block-long stretches of bare pavement, Solstice 2014 was a resounding dud. It was what you wouldn’t think this parade could ever become — a tedious, self-satisfied, and boring mess.

After the umpteenth embarrassing lack of activity between floats at about the 90-minute mark, many spectators began to amble away, either thinking the parade was over (which it was not) or that it had taken their patience for granted several times too many. As usual, the start time was a solid 30-45 minutes behind schedule, creating an air of anticipation that this summertime turkey absolutely was unable to live up to.

As a valuable community asset that draws around 100,000 visitors and generates millions of dollars, perhaps it’s time to institute a committee of concerned citizens with the drive and organizational skills necessary to return it to its former glory? Solstice should be brisk, loud, colorful, fun, and, yes, a little naughty and edgy. The “parade” that trudged up State Street last Saturday had none of these characteristics.

To submit a comment on this article, email letters@independent.com or visit our Facebook page. To submit information to a reporter, email tips@independent.com.



event calendar sponsored by:

City Amends Charter Concerning Council Vacancies

The proposed amendment concerning elections must be approved by Santa Barbara voters.

Garden and Haley Closed for Emergency Sewer Repair

Northbound Garden Street closed between Haley and Cota streets.

Former Supervisor Tom Urbanske Dies

He had stayed active in community nonprofits benefitting those in need.

Hollister Ranch Settles with State to Provide Limited Public Access

A beach at Cuarto Canyon will be accessible by sea, and educational programs will expand.

School Safety Focus of Ongoing Workshops

Santa Barbara Unified will host parent meetings for next several months.