Port of San Diego Holiday Bowl Parade

America’s Largest Balloon Parade

When: December 27, 2016
Where: Downtown San Diego

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 Seafoods 5K
Port of San Diego Holiday Bowl Parade
Battle of the Bands – Broadway Pier
Holiday Bowl

Jerome’s Furniture Best Seat in the House

Here’s your chance to win 4 tickets to experience Holiday Bowl game day in style with Jerome’s Best Seat in the House at both the Parade and Game! Winners will start off game day by riding atop the Jerome’s Furniture float in front of 100,000 street-side spectators at the nationally televised Port of San Diego Holiday Bowl Parade! And that night, you and three friends will make your way to Qualcomm Stadium for the Holiday Bowl to enjoy the big game in the most comfortable seats in the stadium—a Jerome’s leather power reclining sofa. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience! Check back in Fall 2016 for contest entry info. 


– 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. BigBalloon-371 Check back in Fall 2016 for 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
BigBalloon-198 Check back in Fall 2016 for Parade Volunteer Application


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


Parade Grandstand Tickets: $20.00* Tickets are not available for purchase at this time. *A $2.00/event processing fee will be assessed to your order. **NOTE: All orders placed after December 14th will not be mailed. If you placed your order after December 14th, then your tickets will be held for you at the event Will Call. Other Seating Notes 1) There is no assigned seating in the grandstands. A ticket guarantees you a seat, and the seats are first-come, first-served. 2) If sitting on your lap, children ages 3 & under do not require a ticket.