Each year, the deep waters of San Diego Bay become a little less dark with the running of the San Diego Bay Parade of Lights. The city's active boating community has staged the running of the parade for 42 years-2014's running will be the 43rd annual to grace the waters of the bay. This year's parade will be held on two nights in mid-December, first on Sunday, December, 14th, and again just before Christmas on Sunday, December 21st. This year's parade theme is "children's stories." Additionally, but not surprisingly, there is a prize amongst those who participate!
The best way to see the parade is from the water, of course! There's nothing quite like watching hundreds of glittering boats glide past as the waters of the bay lap against your boat. If you must be a landlubber, though, it's important to know a few logistical things about the parade. The parade procession begins at 5:30 p.m. this year, and lasts for about two hours. Participants sail west, beginning from Shelter Island, past Harbor Island, the Embarcadero, Seaport Village, finally ending at the ferry landing at Coronado. For those viewing from land, the best spots to grab are the north and south ends of the Embarcadero and the park behind Seaport Village. Should you choose to be one of the 80,000 viewers who typically turn out for this event, know that free parking on Shelter and Harbor Island is definitely at a premium. Plan to arrive early!
San Diego families, marine enthusiasts, and boat owners have carried a true city holiday tradition. Make sure you don't miss this year's parade-maybe we'll even see you on the water!