February 21, 2024
Merlin the Wizard performs his magic alongside Harbor Drive at a previous Vacation Bowl Parade. Picture by Chris Stone

Trojan fan? Cardinals fan? Otherwise you simply love a seaside parade?

The Port of San Diego welcomes every body for the Vacation Bowl Parade at 10 a.m. Wednesday because it returns to its regular route alongside Pacific Freeway. The bands and balloons will go the County Administration constructing, and end up the place North Harbor Drive meets Pacific Freeway.

Tens of 1000’s of spectators are anticipated to absorb the free parade, with many extra watching the reside stream from residence.

The parade precedes the Vacation Bowl, at Petco Park at 5 p.m., that includes the conflict between USC and Louisville, representing the Pac-12 and ACC.

Pre-parade 5K

Simply earlier than the parade, the annual Vacation Bowl 5K Stroll/Run units off at 9:45 a.m. Wednesday at Harbor Drive and Ash Avenue, then heading south to succeed in the Embarcadero.

There’s additionally a post-race social gathering with reside music and munchies. Registration is up this 12 months, to $52.

Easy methods to Watch

Obtain the free CBS 8+ app on Roku or Amazon Hearth. For particulars, go to CBS8.com. Watching on the Vacation Bowl web site is an alternative choice.

The parade will likely be hosted by CBS 8’s Evan Noorani.

The Primary Occasion

Head to Pacific Freeway or Harbor Drive downtown to see the waterfront come to life, with gigantic balloons, marching bands, floats and extra.

Retired coach Steve Fisher, who constructed the San Diego State Aztecs basketball right into a powerhouse program, is the grand marshal.

Highway Closure

Harbor Drive from Grape Avenue to Broadway, from 7:45 a.m. to roughly 11:45 a.m., however streets will likely be clogged after they re-open, so …


Wanting into options is vital, particularly as a result of parking will likely be restricted too. San Diego Trolley service will run each quarter-hour from all Inexperienced, Orange and Blue line stations all through the day, with Blue Line service between San Ysidro and downtown working each 7.5 minutes. 

Finest trolley choices for the parade:

  • Blue Line – to County Heart/Little Italy or Santa Fe Depot stations.
  • Orange Line – to Courthouse station. 
  • Inexperienced Line – to Seaport Village, Santa Fe Depot, or County Heart/Little Italy stations.

There are park and experience tons at Outdated City for the Inexperienced and Blue strains and the El Cajon Transit Heart for the Inexperienced and Orange strains, amongst different choices. See MTS for extra. 

And, Later within the Day …

For the second 12 months in a row, the 101.5 KGB Sky Present will mild up the skies following the Louisville vs. USC matchup. Followers will watch inside Petco Park, however the present may be seen from the streets of the Gaslamp and East Village too.