(San Diego, CA) -- The Pacific Life Holiday Bowl announced today that Kermit the Frog will serve as Grand Marshal of the 18th Annual Port of San Diego Big Bay Balloon Parade, on Monday, December 29th. The parade, which begins at 9:00 a.m.(PST), will be presented by the San Diego County Credit Union.
The Port of San Diego Big Bay Balloon Parade features 22 giant character balloons, more than any other parade in the country. Mighty Mouse, Clifford, Horton the Elephant and Mr. Potato Head are among the characters that will soar down the San Diego waterfront. The parade will air live locally on Channel 4 San Diego and be re-broadcast five times. It will also air nationally on the USA Network Friday, January 2nd at 9am EST/PST.
“I’m thrilled to be Grand Marshal of the Port of San Diego Big Bay Balloon Parade,” said Kermit the Frog. “Not only is this a great honor, but it also means that I get to ride in a car during the parade – which is a whole lot easier than being filled up with hot air and pulled around on long ropes.”
Kermit the Frog began his climb to the top of the amphibian elite from humble beginnings. Born one of several thousand in a southern swamp, Kermit's life began swimmingly. Kermit's resume reads like a "who's who" in show business. On November 14, 2002, he was honored with his own star on The Hollywood Walk of Fame, this event marked the first time an amphibian had been honored with this stellar award!
In his more than 45-year career, he has guest-hosted The Tonight Show, met the Queen of England, appeared with Ted Koppel on Nightline and donned suspenders to guest-host CNN's international talk show, Larry King Live. He has had his likeness created in giant balloon form for the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade and served as the 1996 Grand Marshal in the Tournament of Roses Parade.
Kermit’s latest endeavor is A Muppets Christmas: Letters to Santa a holiday special airing December 17th at 8pm PST on NBC with an all-star cast including Uma Thurman, Nathan Lane and Whoopi Goldberg to name a few. In this all new one-hour special the Muppets mistakenly avert three letters from making their way to Santa Claus in the North Pole – leaving three Christmas wishes at stake.
Street-side viewing of the parade is free, though grandstand seats are available for $15. For information, visit www.PacificLifeHolidayBowl.com or call 619/283-5808.