San Diego Bay Parade of Lights
“Arrgh! A Pirate’s
Sailboat Sightseeing Tour San
SAN DIEGO— Continuing its long-standing San
Diego tradition, the 46th annual San Diego Bay Parade of Lights promises to dazzle and
entertain bayfront crowds during the evenings of December 10 and 17, 2017. Participants in
this year’s highly anticipated holiday boat parade will decorate their boats to fit this
year’s theme, “Arrgh! A Pirate’s Christmas.”
Presented by the Port of San Diego, 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 year. The procession of approximately 80 lavishly decorated
boats has become one of the most iconic events in the region.
Beginning at 5 p.m. each night, the parade
starts at Shelter Island and proceeds to Harbor Island, the Embarcadero, Seaport Village, the
Pier at Cesar Chavez Park, and ends at the Ferry Landing in Coronado. The parade takes about
an hour to pass any given point and there are many comfortable waterfront viewpoints along
the route. A map of the route is available on the San Diego Bay Parade of Light’s website.
Due to increased traffic and parking demand, observers are encouraged to plan ahead or take
For added insight into the participating boats,
viewers can watch the parade from near the announcers’ areas. Announcers will be located at
the Maritime Museum on the Embarcadero and at Coronado Landing. As each boat passes these
viewing points, the announcers offer a brief history and description of the participating
This year there will be judges at two points along the parade route, the Maritime Museum and the
docks at Poehe’s Restaurant in Coronado. Participating boats must pass both sets of judges to be
eligible for prizes. This year’s judges include individuals from:
Miramar Museum Curator
San Diego Police Department
Retired Travel Agent
Southwestern Yacht Club Member
Towboat US San Diego
United Airlines – Retired
San Diego Yacht Club Member
Coronado Yacht Club Member
Awards are presented to the best decorated boats
and those that truly capture the event’s theme. All participants receive a participant plaque
and are invited to the awards dinner, held Thursday, January 11, 2018 at Tom Ham’s
Lighthouse, where a wide variety of prizes will be raffled
Everyone who participates in both nights of the
parade and passes both sets of judges will be eligible to win the above
Boat owners interested in participating in this
year’s San Diego Bay Parade of Lights are strongly urged to submit the registration form and
the $50 entry fee online at www.sdparadeoflights.org. If participants cannot submit
the entry form and payment online, registration forms can be downloaded and submitted to the
Bali Hai Restaurant at 2230 Shelter Island Drive. The fee covers both evenings, and
watercrafts of all sizes are encouraged to participate. For more information, call
619-224-2240 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
If interested in sponsoring the San Diego Bay
Parade of Lights, please contact Joni Geis at 619-823-5220 or via email at email@example.com, or Kat Ohlmann at 858-488-4091 or
via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
San Diego Bay Parade of Lights is sponsored by the Port of San Diego’s Tidelands Activation
Program, designed to bring our dynamic waterfront alive with events that engage the community and
inspire visitors to enjoy San Diego Bay.
San Diego Bay Parade of
The San Diego Bay Parade of Lights is a time-honored tradition brought to the San Diego Bay by the
boating community. Each year, more than 80 lavishly decorated boats proceed around the San Diego
Bay on two consecutive Sundays in December. For more information, please visit www.sdparadeoflights.org.
About the Port of San Diego’s Tidelands Activation Program: Port of San Diego Experiences includes
the Tidelands Activation Program (TAP). TAP awards grant funds and waives service fees to community
organizations for public events along the waterfront that connect visitors and residents to new
cultures and vibrant activities. Artistic and cultural exhibitions, along with exclusive
interactive installations inspire visitors and residents to push the boundaries of creativity.
Additionally, Port Experiences sponsors and hosts events across San Diego Bay, including organized
runs, parades, cultural festivals, concerts and more.
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