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It's back! South Coast's ode to summer, its Summer Solstice Celebration, returns as in-person event

Lance Orozco
Santa Barbara's Summer Solstice Celebration is back this year as an in-person event, after two years of virtual celebrations due to the pandemic. This is part of one of the entries from a past celebration.

Santa Barbara's Summer Solstice Parade and Festival normally attracts about 100,000 spectators.

Organizers say after two years off as an in-person event, one of the South Coast’s biggest community celebrations is coming back this summer.

Santa Barbara’s Summer Solstice Celebration will take place June 25th.

For the last two years, it was a virtual celebration due to the pandemic.

The event is a cross between a Mardi Gras and a Disney parade, with colorful handmade costumes and floats, as well as hundreds of dancers.

The community’s annual ode to the start of summer usually features about a thousand participants, and attracts around 100,000 spectators. The theme of the 48th annual parade and festival is Shine!