Parks and Rec

Tips for Watching the Holiday Bowl Parade from Waterfront Park

2011 Big Bay Balloon Parade

If you’re floating over to the County’s Waterfront Park to watch what’s billed as America’s largest balloon parade, you can expect lots of company.

The Port of San Diego’s Holiday Bowl Parade starts at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 28 on the bay side of the Waterfront Park outside the County Administration Center. The balloons, marching bands, floats and more will head south along Harbor Drive and finish at the corner of Harbor Drive and Pacific Highway near Seaport Village.

The Port of San Diego expects more than 100,000 visitors to line the parade route so parking will be at a premium. Consider taking public transportation. The County Center/Little Italy trolley stop is located one block east of the Waterfront Park.

If you plan to make the Waterfront Park your viewing spot, here are some tips to keep in mind.

  • Starting at 7:45 a.m., segments of Harbor Drive and Pacific Highway will be closed.
  • The grandstand and television coverage area will limit parade viewing on the park’s extreme southwest corner.
  • Alcohol or smoking (including e-cigarettes) are not allowed.
  • Glass is not permitted.
  • Barbecuing is not permitted.
  • Picnics, lawn chairs, blankets and canopies are allowed.

For more information about parks, visit sdparks.org or if you need more specific information about the Waterfront Park, call its office at (619) 232-PARK (7275).

Michelle Mowad is a communications specialist with the County of San Diego Communications Office. Contact