SAN DIEGO ― Summer may not be over, but the winter holidays are only four months away. Boaters can start preparing their vessels for the San Diego Bay Parade of Lights following the announcement of the 2017 theme. The theme for the 46th annual boat parade is “Arrgh! A Pirate’s Christmas.”
The boat parade takes place in San Diego Bay on two Sundays, Dec. 10 and 17. More than 100,000 residents and visitors flock to the waterfront to view the parade.
The parade averages around 80 festive boats beginning at Shelter Island, proceeding west past Harbor Island, continuing south along the Embarcadero, Seaport Village, and Cesar Chavez Park before turning parallel with the Coronado Bridge to the west side of the bay. The parade then continues past Peohe’s and eventually ends at Ferry Landing.
The parade starts at 5 p.m., and the entire route takes about two hours.
Parade participation (both nights) costs $50 ($60 after Dec. 1) and includes dinner for two at the awards presentation.
More information regarding registration, sponsorship and the parade schedule are available online at sdparadeoflights.org.