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Public Nudity 101

On this one day each year public nudity is not only tolerated, but encouraged. These nudists will traverse the 3 mile parade route before donning their clothes again.


REGINALD BARRAS , August 05, 2005; 11:29 P.M.


where in the world is this place??

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Shawn Shawhan , August 06, 2005; 12:01 A.M.


Here is a web site to tell you more: "Fremont Fair & Solstice Parade"

robert passinet , June 27, 2008; 12:50 P.M.

really gross !

We North Americans are so puritanical, yet so hypocrticial at the same time. We cover inoffensive magazines with brown paper, supposedly to protect our youth (note the child perched on the shoulders behind), then run around in this manner displaying our vulgarity. I refer not to the nudity, but to the gross attitude that accompanies it.

Sure the photo has considerable interest as documentary, it's well taken. So does the Gulf war.

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Marissa O'Connell , April 09, 2009; 09:03 P.M.

haha i love how these people are just straight up naked. clothes? who needs em. body paint? takes too much time, this is the only way to go guys

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Shawn Shawhan , April 10, 2009; 12:12 A.M.


Look for me at the head-end gathering line of the Fremont Solstice Day Parade in June. I'll give you some suggestions on artistic techniques, but nothing on photographic technique. I am only an artist and not a photographer. See you there.

Landrum Kelly , August 28, 2010; 08:10 A.M.

What is amusing about these photos is not (in my opinion) the people walking around wearing nothing but smiles, but the thousands with stern expressions who line the streets to see them.  (Well, quite a few of them have stern expressions. . . .)

Then again, maybe that is not too amusing.  Hypocrisy rarely is.  In any case, I cannot see the logic of disapproving of public nudity while standing there gaping at it.


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Shawn Shawhan , August 28, 2010; 09:31 A.M.


Shortly after I took this photograph some Asian tourists asked the girl and the man in the bandanna if they could pose with them for a group shot. I had to smile thinking about them returning to their home country to show friends what they did in America.

Public nudity is not illegal in Seattle, but if someone complains then the police can step in and do something. Usually the police just ask the nudists to put their clothes back on. However, on the day of this particular parade nudity is expected and the police are there only to direct traffic and to assure that nothing gets out of hand. In the more than 20 years the nudists have been in the parade there have been no issues that made the news.

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