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Port of San Diego Holiday Bowl Parade to Take Place Thursday December 28

Dec 22, 2017 03:22AM ● By Paul Spear
The public is invited to experience a holiday season tradition by viewing the 27thannual Port of San Diego Holiday Bowl Parade presented by National Funding. The inspiring and iconic parade takes place Thursday, December 28, 2017 along North Harbor Drive.

The parade starts at 10 a.m. in front of the County Administration Building on North Harbor Drive between West Cedar and West Beech Streets. It proceeds south on North Harbor Drive and ends where North Harbor Drive meets Pacific Highway. See the parade route here.

Local sports legend Randy Jones, a member of the San Diego Padres Hall of Fame and former Cy Young Award Winner will serve as the parade’s Grand Marshal. This year’s theme is “Celebrating 40 Years!” which pertains to the 40th anniversary of the Holiday Bowl Game.

Highlights of the parade are a line-up of 27 giant balloons, dazzling drill teams, colorful floats, specialty units and more. There will be 12 marching bands performing, including Marine Band San Diego, Washington State Cougar Marching Band, Michigan State Spartan Marching Band and nine bands from around the United States.

Parade viewing is free but a limited number of reserved grandstand seating tickets are available for purchase. Tickets are $22 if purchased online (buy now) and $25 on parade day. Grandstand seating is located near the Maritime Museum of San Diego, 1492 North Harbor Drive.

Prior to the parade’s start, the Solar Turbines’ 5K kicks off at 9:45 a.m. on North Harbor Drive and West Ash Street. Additionally, there will be a Battle of the Bands on Broadway Pier at 11:45 a.m.

The Port of San Diego Holiday Bowl Parade is an annual family-friendly event that that leads up to the San Diego County Credit Union Holiday Bowl, which this year is between #18 Washington State and #16 Michigan State. The game begins at 6 p.m. December 28 at SDCCU Stadium in Mission Valley, San Diego. The parade is sponsored by the Port of San Diego through its Tidelands Activation Program. It is one of 72 sponsored events taking place during fiscal year 2018. The events are community-based, represent many diverse interests and take place in all of the Port’s member cities.

Parking and Transit Information
Parking for the Port of San Diego Holiday Bowl parade is extremely limited and the Port of San Diego encourages carpooling or the use of public transportation. The San Diego Trolley has convenient stations with service to the Harbor Drive and Embarcadero areas with free and paid parking lots. These are located at the Fashion Valley, Old Town and America Plaza Stations.  For trolley schedules, visit

Street Closures
Street closures for the parade begin at 7:45 a.m. on December 28. North Harbor Drive from Grape Street to Pacific Highway will be closed, one southbound lane on Pacific Highway will be closed from Grape Street to Ash Street, and Pacific Highway will be completely closed from North Harbor Drive to Broadway.
For more information on the Port of San Diego Holiday Bowl Parade, the Holiday Bowl and its related events, please visit

About the Port of San Diego:
The Port of San Diego serves the people of California as a specially created district, balancing multiple uses on 34 miles along San Diego Bay spanning five cities. Collecting no tax dollars, the Port manages a diverse portfolio to generate revenues that support vital public services and amenities.
The Port champions Maritime, Waterfront Development, Public Safety, Experiences and Environment, all focused on enriching the relationship people and businesses have with our dynamic waterfront. From cargo and cruise terminals to hotels and restaurants, from marinas to museums, from 22 public parks to countless events, the Port contributes to the region’s prosperity and remarkable way of life on a daily basis.


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Paul Spear, Publisher, and Editor of Dig Imperial Beach 


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