The Nautical Parade is one of the most loved events of the Capitola Begonia Festival. Thousands of viewers young and old enjoy seeing begonia-laden barges float down Soquel Creek into the lagoon. Making a float is a labor of love and we have several teams who have entered a float year after year. The competition is great; at the same time, we welcome, and assist new teams in trying their hands at making a float.
Anyone can enter a float into the parade by submitting a Nautical Parade Entry Form, or emailing the requested information to our email address above. For all float builders, the Capitola Begonia Festival provides a standardized barge, florist wire to use to attach blossoms to the structure, a creekside location to assemble the float, and access to the private begonia fields to pick begonia blossoms. We also provide you with a Float Builder's Guide to assist you in the process. You just need to design your entry and do the labor! Once you have completed the Nautical Parade, the Capitola Begonia Festival will offset some of your costs with a grant check of $250. An additional incentive is our Charity Grants. Named Charities for our First,Second, and Third place entries will receive grants of $1000, $750, and $500 respectively. Charities for all other floats in the parade will receive a grant of $250.
|FLOAT TEAM||FLOAT THEME||CHARITY|
|Team 'Tola||Lady Begonia||Capitola Public Safety Foundation - Jr. Guards|
|Friends of the Windmill House||Bye-Bye Miss American Pie (Statue of Liberty)||Save Our Shores|
|Casa Finkel||MS. BUGGS-GONIA "Th, Th, Th, That's All Folks"||Scott Beebe Children's Fund|
|Riverview Rascals||"Now Departing ... Begonia Flight #65" (bi-plane)||Vista Center for the Blind|
|Riverview Terrace Bunch||LAST GO 'ROUND -- Carousel||Siena House|
|Efie's Dutch Indonesian-Kitchen||Love Makes the World Go Round (windmill)||Maddy - Child Angel of Santa Cruz|
|Depot Hill Athletic Society||Shipping Out to Sea||Project Purr|
|Fionna & Lina Floral||Sun Setting on Begonias||SPCA|
|Team Grim||The Black Begonia||Capitola Public Safety Foundation - Jr. Guards|
|The Benjamins||Toasting Begonias (Champagne Glass)||The Bay School|
|The Capitola Mall & SPCA||Bow 'WOW' to Begonias||SPCA|