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Best places to watch the San Diego Bay Parade of Lights

Posted at 6:56 AM, Dec 09, 2016
and last updated 2016-12-14 08:02:14-05
SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - The 45th annual San Diego Bay Parade of Lights is scheduled to dazzle the bay this Sunday evening for its first of two nights.
 
Several dozen vessels will be decked out with lights and decorations in the spirit of this year’s theme, “It Began with a Roar – San Diego Zoo Celebrates 100 Years.” They will sail a 2-hour parade route that travels from Shelter Island south toward the San Diego-Coronado Bay Bridge.
 
The parade will light up the Port of San Diego during the evenings of Dec. 11 and 18. The procession begins at 5:00 p.m.
 
The port encourages attendees to use public transportation since parking lots fill quickly.
 
“The Port of San Diego is proud to be the presenting sponsor of the San Diego Bay Parade of Lights,” said Marshall Merrifield, Chairman of the Board of Port Commissioners. “This event brings so much enjoyment to our residents and visitors and showcases San Diego Bay in a way that is truly magical. The Port thanks all of its tenants and the participating boaters who make this event possible year after year.”
 
The best viewing sites include Harbor Island, the Embarcadero, Seaport Village, and in Coronado, the Ferry Landing and Tidelands Park. Also, the Port of San Diego will offer seats, music and food trucks at the foot of Broadway Pier.
 
“On Broadway Pier, the Port will provide free bleacher seating, music and food available for purchase from Quality Coast Café and the Sweet Treats food truck beginning at 5:30 p.m.,” parade organizers said.
 
Free hot cocoa and cookies will be available to guests at the Cesar Chavez Pier from 6 to 8 p.m.