Royal Court

The Virginia Beach Neptune Festival is intended to provide an opportunity for citizens of the City of Virginia Beach to take part in an atmosphere of festive fun, to develop a sense of community pride, and to enjoy and celebrate together the special heritage that characterizes the City of Virginia Beach.
The Royal Court brings together individuals serving as King Neptune, Tritons, Princesses and Princes. Royal Court members are the embodiment of community service and are recognized as role models in the city.
Neptune Festival Royal Court King Neptune and Mermaids during Parade

The Neptune Legend

The legend of Neptune says that this Roman god was King of the Sea. Carrying his trident, a three-pronged spear, Neptune would drive in his dolphin-pulled chariot over the waters, calming the waters wherever he went.

Since the beginning of the Neptune Festival in 1974, dedicated citizens of the Virginia Beach community have been chosen to play the part of beach ambassadors as King Neptune and the Royal Court.

King Neptune & The Court

The King is chosen by the Neptune Festival committee from nominations solicited from the general public. The selection process weighs criteria such as demonstrated involvement and contribution to the quality of life in Virginia Beach and active participation in the activities of community life. Once chosen, the King and the rest of the Court become ambassadors for the Neptune Festival throughout the year.

Nominate a King or TritonPrince/Princess Application will be available on August 26, 2024
Neptune Festival Royal Court Princesses overlooking Neptune Statue on Boardwalk

2024 Neptune Festival Royal Court

Photo of 2021 Royal Court
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Landmark Hotel Group

Blue Double Wave (Short)

2024 Tritons

Joining King Neptune are Tritons, male and female leaders nominated from across the community who embody the spirit of the Neptune Festival. Once chosen, Tritons and their partners become ambassadors for the Neptune Festival throughout the year.

Jim Bibbs
LifeNet Health

Will Driscoll
Virginia Sports Hall of Fame

Mark Horton
Towne Insurance

Yiorgos Koliopoulos
Williams Mullen

Matt Liebler
Princess Anne Country Club

Alex Mitchum
C&M Industries

Joashua Schulman
Town Center Office Suites
Virginia Beach City Council

Katherine Willis
Cerity Partners

2024 Prince and Princesses

Princesses and Princes have demonstrated active participation in school, community and/or civic organizations and endeavors. Applicants must be presently juniors entering their senior year in September 2024 at a Virginia Beach High School.

2024 Prince and Princesses represent Bayside High School, Cape Henry Collegiate, Catholic High School, Cox High School, First Colonial High School, Floyd E. Kellam High School, Kempsville High School, Ocean Lakes High School, and Princess Anne High School.

Imari DeLena Ralston Bond

Rylee Madison Brooks-Booth

Hathaway Belle Carr

Gabrielle Ann DeStefano

Olivia Bradley Foster

Berkley Elizabeth Houston

Avery Renee Hunn

Urvi Rani Jain

Andrew Michael Jakubowski

Maya Grace Katherman

Piper Claire Richardson

Paige Marie Rooney

Torrence Madison Spreder

Royal Order

Upon completion of your reign as a Neptune Festival King or Triton, you are entitled to join the Royal Order community. As a member of this community, you receive benefits such as tickets to events, invitations to networking opportunities, and more. Membership dues are required, and must be paid annually. The payment deadline for membership in the 2022 Royal Order is January 31, 2022.

Young girl watching Neptune Festival Grand Parade from curb with family

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