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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Last Night DIY Parade 2011: Occupy The New Year!

Everyone who participates makes it happen.

Hundreds of people participated in the 7th Annual Last Night DIY New Year’s Parade on December 31st, 2011 in downtown Santa Cruz, California. Hundreds more lined Pacific Avenue to watch and document the grassroots New Year’s Eve celebration created by the community. The event has become both a homespun, family-friendly alternative celebration and a controversial embarrassment for the city.

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Last Night DIY Santa Cruz Parades for Sixth Year

The sixth annual Last Night DIY Santa Cruz paraded up Pacific Avenue on December 31, 2011, after gathering in the Saturn Cafe parking lot at sundown. Drummers, hoopers, stiltists, puppeteers, pacifists, breakdancers and many people in costume took part in the parade. Despite fear mongering from the SCPD in the Santa Cruz Sentinel, the Last Night DIY was well attended by participants and spectators.

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People v. Wes Modes: Trying to Remove DIY from Santa Cruz

Wes Modes returned to Santa Cruz County Court on July 16, 2010. This high-profile infraction case, claimed by supporters as harassment of Modes, a well-known anarchist activist, stems from his alleged participation in the Last Night DIY New Year’s parade on December 31st, 2009, as well as a knowledge that the 2009 parade did not receive a permit. A ruling in the case is expected shortly after August 9th.

According to supporters, the parade infraction is the latest in a series of police harassment that Wes has received since outing Santa Cruz police officers who infiltrated activist meetings in 2005. Longtime Santa Cruz resident and parade participant Grant Wilson stated that Wes, an outspoken critic of the Santa Cruz Police Department, is being unjustly targeted from a crowd of community organizers, facilitators and participants. Wes is apparently one of three people that were issued a citation for participating in the DIY Parade.

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Santa Cruz Last Night DIY Parade and Street Party

Hundreds of people marched down Pacific Avenue in Santa Cruz on December 31st, 2007, as part of the Last Night DIY Celebration while hundreds of spectators lined the sidewalks and cheered. The parade ended with a street party at the intersection of Cooper and Pacific that featured firedancers, lots of musicians, free hugs, unicyclists, a fire barrel, brazen square dancing, a pillow fight and much more!

The Last Night DIY Parade and Street Party is a do-it-yourself, unpermited, decentralized, grassroots and open New Year’s Eve celebration with a focus on self-reliance. It is not only a celebration, but a celebration of the power we all have when we gather together to make something happen.

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