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50th Anniversary: First Annual UCSC Downtown Fair

October 25, 2015 @ 10:30 am - 2:00 pm  |  Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History



As part of the 50th Anniversary celebrations of the founding of the University of California, Santa Cruz, the City of Santa Cruz will host the first annual UCSC Downtown Fair on Sunday, October 25, 2015 following the 50th celebration parade being co-organized by the city and University Relations. The fair will be located at Cooper Street and Abbott Square (next to the Museum of Art and History), and activities will run from approximately 10:30am to 2pm.

For five decades, students, faculty, staff and researchers at UCSC have been seeking answers to life’s most difficult questions. Today the community is asking:

How do you make a banana slug float?

It could involve a decorated car—or perhaps a glass of root beer? An inflatable raft?

You decide… and then ENTER YOURSELF ( in the “first-time-on-the-planet” Banana Slug Parade in Downtown Santa Cruz on Sunday, October 25 at 11 am. The parade is part of our community’s celebration of the 50th Anniversary of UCSC.

Think about it: a parade in this innovative and creative community built on the theme of Banana Slugs. It’s going to be awesome and hilarious and something you need to be a part of.

Get your organization, your friends, your yoga club, your astronomy class or your ukulele team to come up with an amazing parade entry (think floats, marching bands, dance groups, costumed kids, costumed old hippies, giant paper mache banana slugs, or ?).

Invite your SLUGGIEST friends to this event page!


There will be awards and prizes for the top entries. We ask that all entries have a thematic connection with UCSC or Banana Slugs.

For more details and for updates on the Expo that follows the parade, please visit

This parade and expo celebrating UCSC’s 50th Anniversary on October 25th is being organized by the City of Santa Cruz and the Downtown Association.

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October 25, 2015
10:30 am - 2:00 pm
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