Port of San Diego Holiday Bowl Parade

December 27, 2016 10:00 am | Downtown San Diego

America’s Largest Balloon Parade

The scenic, bayside streets of downtown San Diego will come alive with the Port of San Diego Holiday Bowl Parade! As always, this exciting family event brings together world-class marching bands, magnificent floats, entertaining drill teams, and a procession of enormous balloons – more than any other parade! Over 100,000 street-side spectators will enjoy the parade along with a nationwide television audience.

Parade festivities will begin in the television area with the Bumble Bee Seafoods 5K Run/Walk.

Holiday Bowl Day – Event Timeline

Bumble Bee Seafods 5K – 9:45 am
Port of San Diego Holiday Bowl Parade – 10:00 am
Battle of the Bands – Broadway Pier – 11:45 am (approximate)
Holiday Bowl – 4:00 pm kickoff


To avoid parking and traffic delays, we advise that parade goers take the trolley!
Check out our parade and game day transportation information here.

For information about parade-day transportation, visit www.sdmts.com

Ways to get involved:

Specialty Units

Be in the parade! The parade is accepting specialty unit applications for parade participants: specialty units, dance troops, drill teams, etc. Entries will be judged on originality, uniqueness and entertainment value. The parade’s entry review committee will review all entries and their decision is final.


Click here for 2016 Specialty Unit Application.


Have you ever wanted to carry a giant balloon down a parade route? Now is your chance. The parade is accepting volunteer applications through November 6. Positions include:

  • Balloon Handlers (ages 15 & up)
  • Banner Handler (ages 5 & up)
  • Radio Host Liaison
  • 5K Volunteer


Click here for 2016 Parade Volunteer Application.

Parade Route


Thank you to our event partners