In addition to being the land of yuppies, Santa Barbara is also the land of grown-up hippies. So it's fitting that they would have a Solstice Parade, which was first started in the 70s and is full of drum circles, homemade floats, and "whimsical" costumes to pay homage the first day of summer.
Alex's family and I sat in the harsh summer sun to watch this mix of Mardis-gras and Venice Beach parade. I laughed to myself thinking: this is why people think people from California are strange. It was fun though, and a whole different side of the Santa Barbara I am used to seeing.