Hail the Queen! Hail the King! Hail Summer! Hail Venice! Hell Yeah!
Venetians came out en masse to celebrate the beginning of summer and the annual Neptune Festival on June 24, 2017. And, Venice Paparazzi was on the scene to capture it all. The day included:
A raging pre party at The Sidewalk Cafe
A festive, parade like stroll, complete with a mobile Venice Sign, to the waters of the mighty Pacific, which crescendoed into the coronation of Queen Carol Gronner and King Jeremy Marco.
The parade rolled through Windward Ave., with the “Hail Chant” being sung, and stopped at The Townhouse, and Surfside.
A spectacular Post Party at The Sidewalk Cafe with live music by two former kings, NipTune (Masao) and JewPiter (Jeremy Parker), and the reggae band Smash up.
Thanks to Jessica Sugar Long and Todd Von Hoffmann for hosting this spectacular Venice Beach Fun annual event! You guys are awesome!
View event pics below by Venice Paparazzi! Thanks to the Sidewalk Cafe for sponsoring this year’s Neptune Festival photos.
Here is a brief history of the tradition of the Venice Neptune Festival. Venice History: 1938 – It began with the arrival of King Neptune in an outrigger canoe followed by Queen Venetia’s coronation and a royal procession along Ocean Front Walk. The queen read a proclamation commanding her subjects to engage in three days of fun and frivolity. The afternoon parade featured floats and costumed merrymakers wearing enormous plaster of paris heads that were manufactured in Arthur Reese’s studio. Windward Avenue was roped off for a street carnival where wandering gondoliers entertained. (Insert taken from www.westland.net)
When in Venice, dine, drink and play at The Sidewalk Cafe
A Venice Boardwalk landmark for 40 years, The Sidewalk Cafe offers fresh, high-quality, well-prepared food with generous portions. And all of our soups and sauces are homemade. The outdoor covered patio provides a beautiful view of the beach and ocean while street performers and an eclectic crowd continuously entertain. It is “the best place to people watch on Venice Beach!”
Whether you come for breakfast on the beach, lunch in the sun, or dinner at sunset, you are sure to enjoy at The Sidewalk Cafe. The Sidewalk Cafe also offers: Live music every Thursday by Elegant Strangers. Taco Tuesdays: $5 all you can eat tacos with the purchase of a beverage! A daily Venice Sunset! Look for the red and white awning near the center of the Venice Boardwalk! For more info, visit TheSidewalkCafe.com
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The beautiful Carol J Gronner. Check out the VP spotlight on this Venice icon!
Venice’s songbird Jessica Sugar Long and Mark
The Sidewalk Cafe crew
The Smash up
Venice Paparazzi team leader Alex Stowell and Seven
Barbara Lonsdale and Beth Allyn
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- View the slideshow below!
- Click here for online gallery where you can download or do social media shares. Photos courtesy of The Sidewalk Cafe. #VeniceBeachFun Photo credit @VenicePaparazzi
- You should also check out event pics below by Venice Beach Photos Ray Rae!
- Click here to view past Neptune Festival photo galleries by Venice Paparazzi!
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