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June 20, 2014 at 7:09 AM

Friday Memo: Celebrate the solstice … Weekend traffic maze … Super jewelry

FriWeather20Celebrate the sun: It’s been a Seattle tradition for 26 years, and the Fremont solstice celebration continues the wacky weird fun. “It’s like New Year’s, St. Patrick’s Day and Mardi Gras all rolled into one; it’s the return of the sun,” Mike Weisman said while working on a float. Say hello to the sunshine, but don’t be alarmed by a lack of clothing amongst the participants. Summer begins officially at 3:51 a.m. on Saturday.

Driving? You won’t be celebrating that: Between the festival in Fremont, the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon downtown and the 520 bridge closure, it won’t be easy to drive around Seattle this weekend. And just to make it even more fun, parts of Highway 99 will be closed as well. Get the details on what to avoid.

Appropriate weather … for once: Speaking of the solstice, the weather for this weekend is looking to be appropriately summer-like, according to the National Weather Service forecast. Skies should be clearing today, and temperatures are expected to reach the high 70s by Sunday and low 80s by Monday.

Seahawks owner Paul Allen tweeted this photo on Thursday.

Seahawks owner Paul Allen tweeted this photo on Thursday.

Blinded by the bling: Who needs the sun when you’ve got a shiny new Super Bowl ring? Members of the Seahawks championship team got their rings on Thursday. They are made of white gold with a multitude of gemstones.

What city has a Mr. Floatie mascot? That’s so not right. OK, the guy in the poo suit isn’t an official representative of Victoria, B.C., but he’s come of out of retirement during continued discussion about what the city will do with its raw sewage. This odd story and other stuff you might have missed this week.

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