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Amitty Kasowski portrays Medusa, a monster in Greek mythology who had the face of an ugly woman with snakes instead of hair, and anyone who looked into her eyes was immediately turned into stone. This year's 42nd Summer Solstice Parade in Santa Barbara featured the theme of "€œLegends."

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Gail Fisher / For The Times

Amelija Vincent carries Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love, desire and beauty, down State Street in Santa Barbara.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Gail Fisher / For The Times

Artist Pali X Mano designed a 60-foot-long, 27-foot-tall Zeppelin float for the celebration. "€œAs an artist, the idea of creating the Zeppelin came to mind because I have always dreamed of flying,"€ said Mano. This year'€™s 42nd Summer Solstice Parade in Santa Barbara featured the theme of "€œLegends,"€ with more than 1,000 parade participants, 30 extravagant floats, whimsical costumes and creatively choreographed dancers.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Gail Fisher / For The Times

Artist Pali X Mano's Zeppelin, complete with his crew of aviators and women on rings swinging inside the inflatable.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Gail Fisher / For The Times

Fox Greenwood, portraying Nessie, the mythical Loch Ness Monster of the Scottish Highlands, swirling to the beat of the music. This year'€™s 42nd Summer Solstice Parade in Santa Barbara featured the theme of "€œLegends,"€ with more than 1,000 parade participants, 30 extravagant floats, whimsical costumes and creatively choreographed dancers.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Gail Fisher / For The Times

Joan Melendez, dressed as a lion, has been coming to the parade since it started in 1974. She was one of the original seven people dressed in costumes, celebrating a friend'€™s birthday, parading down State Street. This idea continued each year and now Santa Barbara's 42nd Summer Solstice Parade featured more than 1,000 parade participants.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Gail Fisher / For The Times

Zachary Mcginnes, on stilts, personifies Thunderbird, the legendary creature of North American indigenous culture considered a supernatural being of power and strength.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Gail Fisher / For The Times

Yu Goba, dancing to the beat of samba funk and commemorating the Brazilian martial arts legend Mariana Capoeira, during this year'd Summer Solstice Parade in Santa Barbara.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Gail Fisher / For The Times

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Summer Solstice Parade in Santa Barbara

This year’s 42nd Summer Solstice Parade in Santa Barbara featured the theme of “Legends,” with more than 1,000 parade participants, 30 extravagant floats, whimsical costumes, choreographed dancers and characters on stilts. It proved to be legendary, evoking characters from American folklore to Greek mythology, Loch Ness monsters, Day-Glo Santa, Tarzan and Salvador Dali, to name a few.

The first Summer Solstice celebration, according to Joan Melendez, began in 1974 when seven creative people marched down State Street to Santa Barbara’s Museum of Art in colorful costumes celebrating a friend’s birthday. That friend was Michael Gonzalez, who was a mime, an artist who loved to dance. He has since died, but the tradition lived on and became known as the Summer Solstice Parade, which now attracts over 100,000 people.

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