Byline: The Log Staff
SAN DIEGO — Southern California boaters can celebrate the holiday season by watching America’s largest procession of giant balloons at the Port of San Diego’s annual Big Bay Balloon Parade, beginning at 10 a.m. Dec. 30 on North Harbor Drive, near the Maritime Museum of San Diego.
The spectacular — viewable from the water at the beginning of the parade route, and on shore along Pacific Highway during the conclusion — will include enormous colorful balloons, marching bands, decorated floats, drill teams and hundreds of participants.
The parade will start near the County Administration Building on Harbor Drive and will run south past B Street Pier, Broadway Pier and Navy Pier, finishing on West Harbor Drive. The parade will be televised locally and nationally.
Event organizers recommend that shoreside spectators obtain a seat in the grandstand near the Maritime Museum of San Diego for the best views. Grandstand tickets are $20. There is a $2 processing fee for each purchase.
The parade is being held in conjunction with the 18th annual Bumble Bee Foods 5K Run, which starts on the corner of Harbor Drive and Ash Street, and finishes near Tuna Harbor Park.
All streets surrounding the parade area will close to traffic at 7:30 a.m.
The balloon parade is presented by San Diego County Credit Union and is a National University Holiday Bowl Production. For tickets and more information, visit holidaybowl.com.