Boats illuminate 42nd annual Parade of Lights parade on San Diego Bay

'The Big Bay Toy Parade' begins at 5:30 p.m.

SAN DIEGO - A holiday tradition will be back on display Sunday evening on San Diego Bay.

The 42nd annual Parade of Lights will take place Sunday, Dec. 8 and Dec.15 at 5:30 p.m. This year's theme is "The Big Bay Toy Parade."

"Each year, the all-volunteer parade committee chooses a theme to offer the procession of decorated boats some cohesion, while giving participants plenty of creative freedom to incorporate the theme as they wish," said Larry Baumann, parade chairman. "We're anticipating plenty of nutcrackers, teddy bears and toy soldiers, but our participants always surprise us with their originality."

The event is sponsored by the San Diego Unified Port District. More than 100,000 people are expected to line the shores of the bay to watch.

Eighty decorated boats are expected to take part in the procession this year.

The parade will move slowly west from Shelter Island past Harbor Island, then south along the Embarcadero and Seaport Village before turning back north to pass the Ferry Landing in Coronado.

The parade is expected to last two hours.

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