Last Night DIY Santa Cruz Parades for Eighth Year

Sticking to the tradition of Keeping Santa Cruz Weird, Cocoamotion delivered hot chocolate and marshmallows to parade participants and spectators.

The eighth annual Last Night DIY Santa Cruz paraded up Pacific Avenue on December 31, 2012 after gathering in the Saturn Cafe parking lot at 5:00 pm. Sticking to the tradition of Keeping Santa Cruz Weird, this year’s parade was led by local bagpipe band Santa Cruz Pipes and Drums, as well as the Women’s International League of Peace and Freedom. Curtis Reliford of the Follow Your Heart Action Network, which brings goods to people in Louisiana who are recovering from Hurricane Katrina, provided music from the top of his trailer parked on Pacific Avenue. Cocoamotion, based out of a roaming red wagon, delivered hot chocolate and marshmallows to parade participants and spectators.

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Downtown Holiday Parade in Santa Cruz

It is not known which year the parade began, however it has been a community tradition for over 70 years.

The 2012 Downtown Holiday Parade took place on Saturday, December 1 on Pacific Avenue in Santa Cruz, California. It is not known which year the parade began, however it has been a community tradition for over 70 years. Although the weather was stormy on Friday, and more showers are expected Sunday, the parade did not get rained on.

Chip, a coordinator of the parade and Executive Director of the Downtown Association of Santa Cruz, writes, “For me, the magic of the Holiday Parade goes beyond just the amazing sensory experience that happens at this festive occasion. The very idea that for one day, despite the challenges that we face as a community, despite the disagreements and differences of opinions, beliefs and philosophies, a significant cross-section of the Santa Cruz community comes together and moves in the same direction for the singular reason of celebration.”

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