Santa Cruz, CA has its very own DIY parade tonight. Several years ago, when the town’s First Night organization could not raise the funds for a formal celebration, this DIY parade emerged as its replacement.

Now, the annual New Year’s Eve, Do-It-Yourself Parade has become a regular affair in its own right, inspiring school girls and square dancers, flame throwers, trash-orchestra members and many, many people dressed in illuminated lights and wires to saunter from Laurel to Water streets to ring in the New Year.

All anyone needs to do to join the parade is show up.

from Santa Cruz Sentinel report.

The parade starts at 5:30 pm. If you’re in Santa Cruz or going there for the parade, take some pictures and tell us about it.