Santa Cruz’s annual LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer) pride celebration marks its 40th anniversary this Sunday. Over the years, the event has evolved from a march for recognition and rights, to a celebration.
Larry Friedman is one of the founders of the original event, now called Santa Cruz Pride. He says the first Pride included a picnic and a men versus women tug of war across the San Lorenzo River. It was 1975.