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Port of San Diego Holiday Bowl Parade

December 27, 2016 @ 9:50 am - 11:30 pm


Image source: San Diego Bowl Games Association

Holiday Parade Highlights

The scenic, bayside streets of downtown San Diego will come alive with the Port of San Diego Holiday Bowl Parade presented by San Diego County Credit Union! As always, this exciting family event brings together world-class marching bands, magnificent floats, entertaining drill teams, and a procession of enormous balloons – more than any other parade! Over 100,000 street-side spectators will enjoy the parade along with a nationwide television audience.

Parade festivities will begin in the television area with the Bumble Bee Seafoods 5K Run/Walk.

*NOTE* – Tickets may be purchased at the grandstands on the day of the parade for $20, cash only. Grandstands are located at the intersection of Harbor Drive & Ash Street. Grandstand seating sold out last year.

Holiday Bowl Day – Event Timeline

Bumble Bee Seafoods 5K – 9:45 am
Port of San Diego Holiday Bowl Parade presented by San Diego County Credit Union – 10:00 am
Battle of the Bands – Broadway Pier – 11:45 am (approximate)
National Funding Holiday Bowl – 4:00 pm kickoff

The parade leaves the staging area at 9:50 a.m. Telecast begins at 10:00 a.m. Ends at 11:30 a.m.

The best viewing is in the grandstanding seating near the Maritime Museum of San Diego because that is where specialty units and bands will perform for the telecast. In addition to the grandstand seating, anywhere along the parade route will also offer excellent views.

Parade festivities will begin in the television area with the finals of the annual Wienerschnitzel Wiener Nationals and the Bumble Bee Foods 5K. After the parade, activity will continue on Broadway Pier with games, entertainment at the annual Family Festival, sponsored by Amtrak.

Other Information

What streets are closed?
Harbor Drive from Grape to Broadway – 7:45 am
Pacific Highway (one southbound lane) from Grape to Ash – 7:45 am Pacific Highway from Harbor to Broadway – 7:45 am
Harbor Drive from Broadway to Pacific Highway – 7:45 am

Bumble Bee Seafoods Seafoods 5K Start: In front of Holiday Inn on the Bay Bumble Bee Seafoods 5K Finish: Ruocco Park
Telecast Area: In front of the Maritime Museum of San Diego Grandstands: In front of the Maritime Museum of San Diego

Ticket Booth and Will Call: Blue/White tent south of the Grandstands
Battle of Bands: Intersection of Broadway and Harbor Drive at 11:45 a.m. Parade Disband: On Pacific Highway between Harbor and Broadway
First Aid: Ambulance located at Broadway Pier, the 5K Finish and at Parade Headquarters
Toilets: Along route

Where should I park? 

Park in one of the many metered or pay parking lots in the downtown area or take the trolley to this great event! The best parking lot is at the corner of Pacific Highway & Broadway. Be sure to get there early to make the 9:45 Bumble Bee Foods 5K start.


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December 27, 2016
9:50 am - 11:30 pm


Downtown San Diego
Harbor Drive and Ash Street
San Diego, CA United States
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