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Racist puppet angers onlookers at Solstice Parade

Photo: GRANT HINDSLEY, SEATTLEPI.COM

SEATTLE -- The organizers of the Fremont Solstice Parade said they would clarify their rules about what art is welcome at the event after a racist puppet made an appearance at this year's parade on Saturday.

The puppet, which was spotted along the parade route, portrayed a woman in blackface caricature. Its presence generated disappointment and anger from many in attendance.

KEXP disc jockey Riz Rollins posted a photo of the puppet to his Facebook account.


The Fremont Arts Council apologized on its Facebook page on Sunday, saying:

"The man with the puppet was asked to leave the parade when we became aware of his presence. Racist imagery has no place in the parade and we are taking measures to prepare and empower parade monitors to respond more quickly and effectively so something like this never happens again."

The volunteer group said it would be "adding language to our statement of values as an arts organization and clarifying the rules on what art is welcome at the parade," and invited people troubled by the incident to help craft the language by getting in contact through the group's website.

The parade is part of the annual Fremont Fair celebrating the summer solstice at the self-proclaimed "center of the universe." Saturday marked the 29th edition of the parade.

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