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.

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DALE DOUGHERTY is the leading advocate of the Maker Movement. He founded Make: Magazine 2005, which first used the term “makers” to describe people who enjoyed “hands-on” work and play. He started Maker Faire in the San Francisco Bay Area in 2006, and this event has spread to nearly 200 locations in 40 countries, with over 1.5M attendees annually. He is President of Make:Community, which produces Make: and Maker Faire.

In 2011 Dougherty was honored at the White House as a “Champion of Change” through an initiative that honors Americans who are “doing extraordinary things in their communities to out-innovate, out-educate and out-build the rest of the world.” At the 2014 White House Maker Faire he was introduced by President Obama as an American innovator making significant contributions to the fields of education and business. He believes that the Maker Movement has the potential to transform the educational experience of students and introduce them to the practice of innovation through play and tinkering.

Dougherty is the author of “Free to Make: How the Maker Movement Is Changing our Jobs, Schools and Minds” with Adriane Conrad. He is co-author of "Maker City: A Practical Guide for Reinventing American Cities" with Peter Hirshberg and Marcia Kadanoff.

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