Between the madness of Christmas gift-giving and New Year’s partying, the Port of San Diego Big Bay Balloon Parade gives San Diegans a chance to spend quality time with family and friends. At 10am on Thursday, Dec. 27, downtown’s bayside streets will attract more than 100,000 spectators for America’s largest balloon parade.
With topnotch marching bands, floats, drill teams and more sky-encompassing balloons than any other parade in the world, this event provides authentic appeal and entertainment. Presented by San Diego County Credit Union as a Bridgepoint Education Holiday Bowl Production, this spectacle highlights more than just a balloon-filled sky and street-side restaurants, cafes, and performances. The Bumble Bee Foods 5K, the 16th Annual Wienerschnitzel Wiener Nationals, and the annual Family Festival following the parade in the new Ruocco Park are other festivities luring people out to the parade.
Departing near the County Administration Building on Harbor Drive and running south on Harbor, the parade ends on the corner of Harbor Drive and Pacific Highway near Seaport Village. Grandstand seating tickets provide ideal viewing of the parade, bands, and specialty unit performances. Tickets cost $15 until Dec. 13 and increase to $20 on Dec. 14. Or, if you're looking to avoid ticket costs, there’s good news — street-side viewing is free and full of all types of San Diego-styled entertainment. The parade will be broadcast live on Cox Channel 4, beginning at 10am.
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