San Diego Holiday Bowl Pre-Game Events 2014
The scenic, bayside streets of downtown San Diego will come alive with the 2014 Port of San Diego Big Bay Balloon Parade on December 26, a National University Holiday Bowl Production. 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.
Known as “America’s Largest Balloon Parade” this event will begin at 3 p.m. The parade telecast is produced by Cox Communications and can be seen locally on Channel 4 San Diego. The parade will also be televised nationally.
Parade Grandstand Tickets are $20.00. A $2.00/event processing fee will be assessed to your order. All orders placed after December 14th will not be mailed. If you placed your order after December 14th, then your tickets will be held for you at the event Will Call. There is no assigned seating in the grandstands. A ticket guarantees you a seat, and the seats are first-come, first-served. If sitting on your lap, children ages 3 & under do not require a ticket.
Parade festivities will begin in the television area with the finals of the 17th annual Wienerschnitzel Wiener Nationals and the Bumble Bee Seafoods 5K.
The 20th annual Bumble Bee Seafoods 5K Run will take place on the corner of Harbor Drive and Ash St. and finishes near Tuna Harbor Park. Athletes will run past 100,000 spectators. Runners, families and spectators can watch the remainder of the parade that features colorful floats, bands and huge inflatable characters. Awards are three deep in all divisions. Colorful short sleeve tech t-shirt for all adult participants, and cotton t-shirts for youth participants. Bumble Bee Seafoods is pleased to once again present the Bumble Bee Seafoods 5K and join our community in an event that promotes health, wellness and San Diego FUN!
Registration fee as of December 1: $35. Registration fee on day of race: $35.
Beautiful Waterfront Course The race begins at the corner of Harbor Dr. & Ash St. and heads south on Harbor Drive to 8th St., behind the San Diego Convention Center. It continues north along the marina walkway making a loop through Embarcadero Park N., finishing on the walkway just past G Street in time to catch the first band and balloons as they parade by. *Course subject to change without notice.
Have Fun & Win The Race Awards ceremony will take place center stage at approximately 4:00p.m.. Awards will be given to the top three male and female 5K finishers in each age division.
Fun at the Finish Party after the race! Join us for the post-race party near Tuna Harbor Park. There will be live music, and lots of extra munchies including muffins, bagels, juice, fresh fruit and much more! You can also watch the remainder of the parade that features colorful floats, bands and huge inflatable characters.
Where to 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 2:45 p.m. Bumble Bee Seafoods 5K start.