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!