Grand Prize: Knox Roofing
Crowd Pleaser: Pacific Arts Complex
Ole’ Time Favorite: Clampers
First Prize: Begonia Festival
Judges’ Choice: Second Harvest
Most Patriotic: Aegis Living
Most Unique: Worldanz
First Prize: Malcolm Park
Most Patriotic: Aptos VFW
Most Unique: Bellows Plumbing
Judges’ Choice: Aptos Little League 8/9 All-Stars
Most Original: Santa Cruz Warriors
Best Theme: Calvary Chapel Aptos
Best Costume: St. John Baptist Church
Cutest: Wilbur the Piglet
First Prize: West Coast Great Pyrenees
Judges’ Choice: Myrtle the Turtle
Most Spirited: Kristy’s School of Dance
Best of Theme: St. Andrews Preschool
World’s Shortest Parade Recognized
By John Hibble
An article in Land’s End Journal has recognized the “World’s Shortest Parade” in Aptos as one of “America’s Most Unique July Fourth Celebrations.”
The Journal showcased six small town 4th of July celebrations that they considered to be exceptional. The Aptos “World’s Shortest Parade” previously gained national recognition as one of only seven Fourth of July parades recommended in 2013 as the “Best” by prestigious Condé Nast Traveler.
Worlds Shortest Parade A Success!
By Noel Smith
The 56th Aptos 4th of July parade was again a huge success thanks to efforts by the Aptos Chamber of Commerce, volunteers and parade sponsors: Sutter Health/PAMF, Allen Property Group, Times Publishing Group, greenwaste, Wells Fargo, Earthworks and Coldwell Banker.
Each year the parade draws hundreds of participants and thousands of spectators to this short stretch of Soquel running throughout the heart of Aptos between the Rancho Del Mar Shopping Center and Aptos Village.
This event offers something for everyone, whether you’re a smiling child riding a bike with streamers, school students, teachers and parents celebrating their school spirit, young and not-so-young dancers showing off their stuff, Little League teams celebrating their accomplishments, business owners showing their pride in our community, civic leaders being recognized for their achievements, or a collector of automotive technology riding in a restored 1924 Pierce Arrow or a stunning 2015 Ferrari: it’s a great way to celebrate our country’s independence in the community of Aptos.