San Diego Bay Parade of Lights Announces Theme for 42nd Annual Parade | December 8 & 15, 2013

November 11, 2013

The San Diego Bay Parade of Lights announced today the theme for the 42nd annual holiday parade, scheduled for the evenings of Saturday, December 8 & 15. Participants in this year’s cherished holiday event will decorate their boats according to the chosen theme, “The Big Bay Toy Parade.”

“Each year the all-volunteer parade committee chooses a theme to offer the procession of decorated boats some cohesion, while giving participants plenty of creative freedom to incorporate the theme as they wish,” said Larry Baumann, parade chairman. “We’re anticipating plenty of nutcrackers, teddy bears and toy soldiers, but our participants always surprise us with their originality.”

Presented by the San Diego Unified Port District, the San Diego Bay Parade of Lights brings more than 100,000 San Diego residents and visitors to the shores of San Diego Bay each December. This procession of about 80 lavishly decorated boats has become one of the most iconic holiday events of the region.

The parade meanders from Shelter Island west past Harbor Island, then south along the Embarcadero, Seaport Village, and Ferry Landing in Coronado. It takes about two hours to complete and there are many comfortable waterfront viewpoints along the route.

A wide variety of prizes and awards are given out to the best dressed boats and those that best capture the parade’s theme. All participants will receive a participant plaque and are invited to the awards dinner, which will be held January 9, 2014.

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