45th Annual Santa Cruz Pride

Parade Participant Information and Application

Turning The Tide

Join our 2019 Grand Marshals and a wide variety of contingents making up the largest LGBTQ+ Pride parade on the Central Coast. In this queer visibility action, members of our Santa Cruz community - organizations, allies, supportive groups, churches, candidates, ensembles, performers, parents, children - will show pride, activism, enthusiasm and love.

Join the Parade!

All are welcome to join our parade!  Register your contingent by completing the reservation form.  Floats and other vehicles will only be permitted to enter the parade with advance registration.

Slideshow Photos ©Batin Photogaphy


Parade Donations

Parade contingents are strongly encouraged to make a donation based on contingent size and type. We rely on these donations to pay city permits; permits require us to provide barricades, security guards, tow trucks, no parking signs, and police officers.

Parade Participation requested donations per contingent:


  • Truck/Float $75

  • Car $50

  • Walkers $25


  • Truck/Float $250

  • Car $100

  • Walkers $50


Parade participation is cheap! (see above) So, it is important that contingents provide the volunteer monitors.

All contingents are asked to provide monitors. Without monitors we would not be able to have a parade. The City of Santa Cruz is very supportive of our presence, and we want to reciprocate it by meeting all permit terms - including  providing safety monitors at intersections and along the Parade route.

Number of Monitors

Type of Contingent

  • Walking Unit of fewer than 10 people (providing monitors encouraged)

  • Walking Unit of 10 or more (minimum of 3 monitors)

  • Performing Unit (minimum of 3 monitors)

  • Vehicle Unit (minimum of 5 monitors including driver)

  • Motorcycle Unit (monitors encouraged)

Monitor Training REQUIRED!

All monitors and drivers must attend one of the two training sessions at the Diversity Center:

  • Monday, May 27 6:00 - 7:00 pm

  • Tuesday, May 28 6:00 - 7:00 pm

Training sessions last about an hour and will cover everything monitors need to know to do the job well.

Prevent Litter!

Parade contingents are not allowed to throw or pass out items during the parade (such as fliers, candy, beads, confetti, etc). We need to leave the streets as clean as possible to avoid Pride having to pay for clean up.


Santa Cruz Pride strives to promote our visibility and increase our feelings of self-esteem while providing a common ground for exchanging information, building community and having fun. This day celebrates our positive contributions, our diverse sexualities, our cultures, our families, our accomplishments, our individuality and our ongoing struggle for civil rights and liberation.

For more information, or if you have a question, email our Parade Coordinator. 

Make A Reservation

Step 1 - Make your participation donation.

Make Your Parade Participation Donation!

Step 2 - Tell Us About Yourself

Organization or Business
The name of your group (Organization or Business) will be published on our website.
Contingent Description
Type of Contingent *
You will requested to provide the names your monitors approximately 2 weeks before the parade (about May 19th).
Will you have or play music? *
Comments or other information about your contingent
The contact will get confirmations, information and questions from us. Their information will not be published on our website.
Contact's Name *
Contact's Name
Contact's Phone *
Contact's Phone
Donor Name
Donor Name
Name of donor (for matching) if different from contact.
Affirmation & Signature
"By clicking the submit button below, I affirm my understanding of and agreement with the purposes of Santa Cruz Pride and acknowledge that I am an authorized representative of the applicant organization and agree to the terms and conditions herein this website."