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History shrouded in myth and lore
Brad Erlich of the FAC, according to the 1998 Seattle Press article below, said “nude bikers have been part of the parade for five or six years.” This would place the first appearance to possibly as early as 1992 or so. According to JC, a long time FAC member, the “crash” by naked cyclists has become an expected part of the parade that began with a small number of guys in 1995.
Six attended a bodypainting party at current host’s house and they all bicycled naked together from the house to the parade.
Some of the cyclists arrested this year.
The Seattle Press: Nude Bikers Pedal in Solstice Spotlight, By Carol Marsh
Nude and Natural (N) magazine 18.1
Twenty (up from six last year) attended a bodypainting party at current host’s house and they all bicycled naked together from the house to the parade.
In 1999 FAC secretly launched its own spoof of the naked bicyclists. Wearing flesh-colored body suits with exaggerated body parts sewn on, one woman had three butt cheeks, while two bicyclists pretending to be police officers gave chase through the parade. When the truly naked cyclists showed up they blended right in with their FAC body-suit imposters.
Nude and Natural (N) magazine 19.1
Internationally acclaimed bodypainting artist Steven Bradford joins the bodypainting team and paints bodies at the host’s party.
Nude and Natural (N) magazine 20.2
To the amusement of many in 2001, an artist had a painting in the parade showing a naked female bicyclist next to a baton-wielding police officer. The pose itself could have either shown the apprehension or the cop gleefully stopping for a picture next to the bicyclist. The panel was put on a small platform on wheels and parade goers were invited to have their pictures taken with their heads poking out of the holes of the naked bicyclists and the officer. 2003’s informational poster for the Fremont Solstice Celebration made and distributed by the FAC had the caption “clothing/costumes always encouraged” under a photograph by John Cornicello of the painting.
Above, An artist produced this painting to invite the community of Seattle to mock the looming threat of police arrests of naked participants, including the Nekkid Bicyclists, during the 2001 Fremont Summer Solstice Parade. Below, Some of the Nekkid Bicyclists from the same year. Pictures above and below appear courtesy of Gary David Yngve. For the original versions of these images and for more 2001 Solstice Parade pictures.
Seattle P-I “Nudes flash: City sees a Fremont cover-up: Police fear indecent exposure incidents at solstice parade”, Tuesday, May 15, 2001 By PHUONG CAT LE
Komo 4 News “Nude Bikers Warned Again: Stay Away From Fremont Parade” May 15, 2001
The Seattle Times, Friday, May 18, 2001 “Some folks in a huff over bikers in the buff” By Caitlin Cleary
Council Member Nick Licata As Himself,
Or, How I Was Busted For Riding A Bike, With Clothes On
Nude and Natural (N) magazine 21.1
Numbers quadrupled over previous years. Two videos were produced from footage of this year’s event. One is being sold on DVDR and VHS with proceeds going to BikeWorkds, the other is called “Solstice: A Celebration of the Art of Bodypainting” premiered at the Seattle Art Museum on May 15th, 2004.
Nude and Natural (N) magazine 23.1
New record this year, about 116 riders? Main group started ride in Ballard for first year. No float this year but more elaborate art instalations on bikes. This year’s theme was Noah’s Ark animals.
Nude and Natural (N) magazine 24.1 (Photos by John C) – no story this year
Pictures (there are many more than below)
Top left, the bicyclists were greeted with a great deal of enthusiasm by the locals along 45th street, the main drag through Wallingford. Top right, A couple of authentic streakers, like many of the early Nekkid Bicyclists, join the procession in the U-district. Bottom left, Turning on Phinney Avenue to begin the wind downhill to the parade entrance in Fremont. Bottom right, A banana slug cycles through Wallingford. Photography by Jacob Sayles (2003). Click on image for larger view.
Daniel’s posterior. This year was the first time he participated in the Solstice Parade naked. He was one of several going for a weather theme. Photo above by JC. Click on image for larger view
Below, Nekkid Bicyclists at the Fremont Summer Solstice Parade in Seattle. Year and origin of photo unknown. Click on image to view at larger size.
Over the years the cyclists in the Fremont Summer Solstice Parade have been given several names, often given by others. They have been known as Riders in the Raw, Nekkid Cyclists, Naked Bicyclists, Nude Bikers, Bikers in the Buff, Painted Naked Cyclists. The group currently has a new reference for themselves, which will not be posted here.