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Pride Grand Marshals 

What are Grand Marshals?  Each year, we ask one or two people who have given extraordinary service to the Santa Cruz Queer community to lead our Pride Parade as Grand Marshal.  (One Time Only Rule: People who have served as Grand Marshal for our parade before are not eligible for this once-in-a-lifetime honor. This rule was established in 2004.)

 

Congratulations to our 2014 Grand Marshals:

Tom Ellison and Larry Friedman

 

A look back at our 2013 Grand Marshals:Kathy Goldenkranz

Kathy Goldenkranz

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stuart Rosenstein                                                   Stuart Rosenstein

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2012 Grand Marshals

2012 "Life Gets Better Together" Grand Marshals (pictured):  

Kai Azada & Richard Baldwin
Jane Schwickerath
 
Previous Grand Marshals...  

2011 - Grace Gallego

2010 - Monica Morales and Lulu & Kathy Manus

2009 - Terri Gilbert and Glen Schaller

2008 - Merrie Shaller & Natalie Steinberg

2007 - Terry Cavanagh and Shekhinah Mountainwater

2006 - Denny Carroll & Bob Correa and Margaret Leonard & Clare Sheils

2005 - Kayla Rose and Maurice Carillo & Curt Keyer 

2004 - Mabel Teng and Mel White

2003 - John Laird and Cece Pinheiro

2002 - Fred Keeley

2001 - Fred Friedman and Karen Sommerfeld 

2000 - Pioneers (organizers of 1975 Pride)

1999 - Gabriel and Mark Grantham & Mike Tossy 

1998 - Jerry Solomon and Mardi Wormhoudt

1997 - Rebecca Adams and John Laird  **

1996 - Kwai Lam and Tracye Lea Lawson

1995 - Jo Kenny & Gloria Nieto

1994 - Marie Henley and Jay Walker

1993 - Mardi Brown

1992 - Bill Colvig & Lou Harrison  

1991 - Gary Reynolds

How our local Grand Marshal honor first began:

Gary Reynolds was a young gay activist in Santa Cruz who worked on queer and HIV/AIDS issues in the 80s and the early 90s; he was outspoken (which is an understatement), passionate, honest, brave, smart and absolutely unwilling to be silenced. In 1990, Gary was co-MC at Queer pride; when the Queer Pride committee realized the next year that Gary might not be well enough to march, it decided to create the position of Grand Marshal so that Gary could ride. Gary lived long enough to lead the march, then died late that night at the age of 27; his death was on the front page of the Sentinel - and he would have loved that.

 

** One Time Only Rule: People who have served as Grand Marshal for our parade before are not eligible for this once-in-a-lifetime honor.  (This rule was established in 2004.)