The last Capitola Begonia Festival! This float, “Sun Setting on Begonias,” is made up of huge amounts of begonias, like those of the other Boat Parade contestants. After 65 years of fun, these floats are the last in this tradition.
“Toast to Begonias” is powered by a crew of just two, and depicts a beautiful day at Capitola beach…with a giant bubbling glass of champagne. Cheers!
“Lady Begonia” is a fine and flowery vessel, with a lovely living figurehead. Here she floats beneath the railroad trestle and upriver past thousands of spectators.
“The Black Begonia” is the Lady (Begonia)’s mortal enemy. In hot pursuit, the pirates fire off water-spray cannons. All in good fun.
“Bow-WOW to Begonias” features two adorable rescue dogs that are available to good homes. It’s hard to resist a sweet-looking dog who waves at you.
Even the former mayor and his wife get into the spirit in “Shipping Out to Sea.” Their two kids are inside, spraying super-soakers out the portholes.
Upriver by the beach and the judges, “Bye Bye Miss American Pie” features two women who are float veterans. The seated woman was crowned Festival Queen, back in the days when the Festival had beauty queens. The woman on top sure can dance.
“Now Departing Begonia Flight 65” waves a fond and gracious goodbye to the Begonia Festival and begonia-laden floats after 65 years. It has been a good run.