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Gay Pride Parade Hits Pacific Avenue

The 38th Annual Gay Pride Parade drew hundreds to downtown Santa Cruz Sunday.

Pacific Avenue got nice and fruity on Sunday, when it shut down for the 38th annual Gay Pride Parade and Festival. In past years the event was held in San Lorenzo Park, but this year they switched to Pacific Avenue to lower costs and heighten exposure.

"When it started out it was smaller, more like 'we're here, 'we're not going anywhere' and it was scarier," said Susan Brackenburg who has been coming to the parades since the beginning. "People were not as receptive as they are now and it was more dangerous. Now it's more of a celebration." 

She added: "I also feel like I'm standing up for everyone in the world who can't be out in their community."

Fruity Flavors, a "transtastic power trio" played in the streets and dozens of organizations took part.

The Gay Pride Parade was put on by The Diversity Center.

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