Port of San Diego Holiday Bowl Parade presented by National Funding
America’s Largest Balloon Parade
The scenic, bayside streets of downtown San Diego will come alive with the Port of San Diego Holiday Bowl Parade presented by National Funding! 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.
For street closures, times and answers to common questions, see Parade FAQs 2017.
Holiday Bowl Day – Event Timeline
To avoid parking and traffic delays, we advise that parade goers take the trolley!
Check out our parade and game day transportation information here.
For information about parade-day transportation, visit www.sdmts.com.
Ways to get involved:
Be in the parade! The parade is accepting specialty unit applications for parade participants: specialty units, dance troops, drill teams, etc. Entries will be judged on originality, uniqueness and entertainment value. The parade’s entry review committee will review all entries and their decision is final.
Click here for the 2017 Specialty Unit application.
Have you ever wanted to carry a giant balloon down a parade route? Now is your chance. The parade is accepting volunteer applications through December 2. Positions include:
- Balloon Handlers (ages 15 & up)
- Banner Handler (ages 5 & up)
- Radio Host Liaison
- 5K Volunteer
Click here for the 2017 Volunteer application.
Click here to view parade route.