Santa Cruz 150th Anniversary Celebration

Santa Cruz has a rich history, tight knit community, amazing natural beauty and lots surf culture. To celebrate 150 years of being incorporated, the City of Santa Cruz threw itself a party. Down at Main Beach by the Wharf there was a stage set up with some booths. On the Cowells side there was a Jr Guards tent. Towards the Boardwalk there was a kids zone. It was a chance to have fun and learn about the history of our fair city. Bob Pearson’s replica boards of the first surfed here by the Hawaiian Princes were on display with the Santa Cruz Surf Club. Arial routines were performed by some local, talented girls. There were proclamations by Asseblymember Mark Stone, California State Senator Bill Monning with our Mayor Cynthia Mathews. Plus getting to know our sister cities around the world. Delegates came from Shingu- Japan, Jinotepe- Nicaragu, Puerto La Cruz- Venezuela, Sestri Levante- Italy and Alushta- Ukraine to be a part of the celebration. Kim Stoner, along with City Councilmember David Terrazas, shared lots of historic facts with the crowd. Further solidifying our place as Surf City. Chancellor of UCSC spoke about how Santa Cruz became the UC’s home. Geoff Dunn gave shout-outs to some local schools as well as sharing funny Santa Cruz local stories. The bands who played kept the crowd moving and grooving. Musical entertainment included Joint Chiefs, Austin Shaw, Extra Large, Coffis Brother, Tess Dunn and James Durbin. To wrap it all up, there was a bright firework show. It was a beautifully perfect Santa Cruz day and evening to celebrate our town. Happy Anniversary Santa Cruz!

Photos- Yvonne Falk
Firework Photos- Steve Gusinger

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Yvonne Falk

About Yvonne Falk

I take photos, manage and do admin for Santa Cruz Waves. Event photography is my specialty. I am versatile and will also take nature, landscape, portraits, food, sports, and advertisement shots. I love what I do!



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