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Date: December 30, 2013

Time: 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM

Price: Free
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Downtown San Diego comes alive as over 100,000 spectators enjoy this colorful, nationally televised, holiday parade with colorful floats, unique drill teams, heart-pounding marching bands and a procession of massive inflatables. The Port of San Diego Big Bay Balloon Parade presented by San Diego County Credit Union - a National University Holiday Bowl Production - has more enormous balloons than any other parade! The parade begins at 10:00 AM on Harbor Drive in front of the County Administration building. It runs south on Harbor Drive to Pacific Highway near Seaport Village.

The day-long festivities include:

  • 17th annual Wienerschnitzel Wiener Nationals
    Before the parade, watch the finals of the 17th annual Wienerschnitzel Wiener Nationals championship.
  • 18th Annual Bumble Bee Foods 5K Run/Walk
    Beginning at 9:45 AM at the corner of Harbor Drive and Ash St. and ending near Tuna Harbor Park, participants will lead off the Big Bay Balloon Parade, running past 100,000 spectators. Afterward, runners and walkers can enjoy the remainder of the parade.
  • Family Festival
    Following the parade, join the fun at the Family Festival, a free event for the whole family. Held at the Broadway Pier, activities include climbing on a rock wall and trying to kick a field goal, as well as carnival games, balloon artists and airbrush tattoos.

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