Apparently, San Diego really loves to throw a parade. I don’t know if this is because the climate is always agreeable or because a lot of gay people live there, but this winter, if you are looking to get your parade on San Diego is the place to be.
When it comes to parades, I much prefer the kind where you funnel from beer bongs and throw up in people’s yards as opposed to bringing a lawn chair and 6 kids with enough juice-boxes for a bomb shelter. Any parade is great in my book though, as long as it is free. Here are five parades to see in San Diego this winter.
Annual Mother Goose Parade – A traditional gift to the children that began in 1947, the Mother Goose parade takes place on Nov 24th in El Cajon. This is the biggest parade in San Diego county so if you are a size queen, this is your best bet.
Big Bay Balloon Parade– As long as you aren’t terrified of balloons (true story, my roommate actually is) this parade on Sept 30th might be worth checking out. It takes place in downtown San Diego, and features (in case you didn’t guess it) massive balloons.
Gaslamp Holiday Pet Parade – If you love dressing up your pets, this parade in San Diego’s historic gaslamp quarter might interest you. Meet other people who obviously can’t have children, and march down the street dressed to match your favorite pet. No goldfish, please.
42nd Annual Port of San Diego Parade of Lights -100 privately-owned boats decorated with Christmas lights, is either a surefire good-time, or an electrical disaster just waiting to happen. The parade takes place December 8th and 15th, and can be viewed from Shelter Island, Harbor Island, the Embarcadero, Seaport Village, Marina Park and Coronado’s Ferry Landing.
Encinitas Holiday Parade -This parade takes place on the historic 101 Coast Highway in San Diego’s North County. There is a tree-lighting ceremony and nearly 100 floats that roll along the highway, trying not to get run over by passing Semi-trucks. Just kidding, it’s probably totally safe.