Imagine Your Float: Setting the Stage for a Successful Solstice 

By Steven Libowitz   |   May 2, 2023

The official workshop for this year’s Summer Solstice Parade on June 24 won’t open until mid-May, but festival veterans and newcomers can get a jump on participating in a big way, thanks to a new workshop taking place this weekend. Artist and former high school art teacher Judith Raimondi is facilitating the “Imagine Your Float” workshop at The Crafter’s Library (9 E. Figueroa St.) from 1-4 pm on Sunday, April 30, when participants can make a 3D model of their imagined Solstice Float. Start with your sketch – or use one you’ve already created – to see what can be enhanced and perfected through experimentation with form and color. With a 2023 Solstice theme of “Roots,” the possibilities are endless. The workshop is especially geared for those who have never designed a float before; a helpful and fun way to experience creating a miniature model of the concept, which can then be referenced during construction of the final float. The $40 cost includes materials and supplies. 

PLEASE NOTE:  applications for performance slots at the June 23-25 celebration – on both the Solstice Main Stage Showcase and Roots of Culture Community Stage –  are being processed on a rolling basis through May 9, while vendors can take advantage of early bird rates through May 2. Meanwhile, folks can get first crack at the 2023 adult t-shirts featuring Karen Folsom’s artwork “Sunchoke Succotash” at Solstice’s booth at the Earth Day festival in Alameda Park this weekend. Details at  


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