Dec 07, 2021

Port of San Diego Holiday Bowl Parade Presented By Kaiser Permanente Set for December 28

America’s Largest Balloon Parade – the Port of San Diego Holiday Bowl Parade presented by Kaiser Permanente® will take place Tuesday, Dec. 28 at 10:00 a.m. on Harbor Drive along the North Embarcadero area of downtown San Diego.

The parade will start at the County Administration building, just south of Grape Street, on North Harbor Drive. It will proceed south on Harbor Drive and will end where North Harbor Drive curves around to meet Pacific Highway. More than 100,000 street-side spectators are expected for this year’s event, along with a national television audience.

The Port of San Diego Holiday Bowl Parade presented by Kaiser Permanente® is sponsored by the Port of San Diego and designed to bring our dynamic waterfront alive with events that engage the community and inspire visitors to enjoy San Diego Bay.

This year’s parade theme is “New Beginnings” and will feature San Diego Padres pitcher, Joe Musgrove, as the Grand Marshal. The event will showcase gigantic balloons, specialty units, marching bands and floats. Parade viewing along the street is free and reserved grandstand seats are available for $25 day of event. The parade will be aired on Bally Sports Network.

Harbor Drive from Grape Street to Pacific Highway will be closed on Dec. 28 from 7:00 a.m. until the parade concludes, which will be approximately 12:00 p.m. Area businesses and residents will be granted limited access until 8 a.m.

Parking will be very limited on parade day and the Port of San Diego strongly encourages the use of public transportation. The San Diego Trolley has convenient stations with service to the Harbor Drive and Embarcadero areas with free and paid parking lots. These are located at the Fashion Valley, Old Town and One America Plaza stations. For schedules and routes, please visit

Before the parade’s start, the annual National Funding 5K walk/run will begin at 9:45 a.m. on North Harbor Drive near West Ash Street. Approximately 1,000 participants will proceed south on North Harbor Drive, past the convention center and circle back to Ruocco Park near the G Street along the Embarcadero.

The parade is part of the festivities surrounding the San Diego County Credit Union Holiday Bowl. This year’s 43rd annual game will be played at Petco Park on Tuesday, December 28 at 5:00 p.m. and will be televised nationally on FOX. Each year the SDCCU Holiday Bowl matches up top teams from the Pac-12 and ACC.

Recognizing that San Diego is a premier tourist destination, the mission of the non-profit 501(c)(3) San Diego Bowl Game Association is to generate tourism, visibility and economic impact for the San Diego region by producing the Holiday Bowl and other outstanding events and experiences for visitors and local fans of all ages. Since 1978, the association has generated $977 million in economic benefit for the region.