2017 GRAND MARSHALS
The 2017 Grand Marshals have not yet been named. Until they are, please celebrate the accomplishments of our 2016 Grand Marshals. Have a suggestion for a 2017 Grand Marshal? Let us know here.
2016 Grand Marshals
This year's Grand Marshals focus on often neglected seniors and youth of our LGBTQ community. Truly, Embracing the Generations.
Patti Maxine (originally knows as Pat Smith) has been performing as an out singer-guitarist in Santa Cruz over 40 Years. Patti is a vocalist and lap steel guitar virtuoso. She arrived on the Santa Cruz scene from Virginia in the mid-1970s. Patti brought with her a loving and comfortable lesbian presence as a performer while supporting community and building bridges, a role which she continues to fill to this day.
Patti Maxine has brought the lesbian and greater LGBTQ community and allies together at the countless events and celebrations where she has performed. Patti performed at the first Santa Cruz Pride celebration in 1975, as well as at the LGBTQ Trailblazers Reception in 2014 and 2016. She is the longest "serving" LGBTQ performing artist in Santa Cruz County and has volunteered her performances for many events over the years, thereby helping raise thousands of dollars for every LGBTQ cause imaginable. Patti Maxine's four decades of cultural work, community building, volunteerism, and fundraising have been exceptional contributions to the LGBTQ community.
Attending Delta High School, Adrian Viloria is a “fearless leader” with a lot of heart who will go the extra mile for his community. Adrian is the president of both his school’s QSA and its version of an ASB, and is a founding member of Santa Cruz Youth Radio. Under his direction, Delta School's QSA attendance has doubled. He organized his school’s participation in the 2015 Day of Silence, represented his school at the YES conference and other off-campus events, and works tirelessly to ensure other queer students have access to school resources. Although he has a difficult home life, he still gets good grades and will even graduate early this year. Adrian is leaving behind a culture of caring that will long outlast his tenure at Delta High.