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Parade of Lights Pier Party to Kick Off Port’s 50th Anniversary

Contact: Barbara Moreno (619) 686-6216; Tanya Castaneda (619) 686-6330 on .

parade2011The Port of San Diego is kicking off the holiday season with a free, fun, family event that will also serve as the official launch to the Port's 50th anniversary.

The annual San Diego Bay Parade of Lights will set sail on Sunday, December 9, at 5:30 p.m. The Port will host a pre-parade event for the whole family at the Port Pavilion on Broadway Pier, 1000 North Harbor Drive, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. The parade features more than 80 local boats decorated in festive holiday lights. This year's parade theme is "USS Santa Claus."

The event will include a performance by the Navy Region Southwest Band, food trucks and craft-making activities children. There will also be two inflatable bounce houses, a train ride, and a sleigh for photo opportunities.

The Port is among the sponsors of the Parade of Lights. 

Paid parking will be available on a first-come, first-served basis at the B Street Cruise Ship Terminal for $10.

During the Parade of Lights, which kicks off at 5:30 p.m., the Port will provide bleachers to seat 250 in the Port Pavilion's view court, as well as chairs for 400 people. Spectators can also bring their own chairs. Seating is first-come, first served.

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The Port's year-long 50th anniversary celebration represents an opportunity to showcase how the Port has worked for the continuous benefit of the State of California, the region and the five member cities.

The agency, which was created by the state legislature in 1962, is the fourth largest of the 11 ports in California.

The Port of San Diego is an economic engine, an environmental steward of San Diego Bay and the surrounding tidelands, and a provider of community services and public safety to tourists and residents.

It has invested millions of dollars in public improvements in its five member cities – Chula Vista, CoronadoImperial BeachNational City, and San Diego.

The port oversees two maritime cargo terminals, two cruise ship terminals, 18 public parks, the Harbor Police Department and the leases of hundreds of tenant and sub tenant businesses around San Diego Bay.

The Port is planning events throughout 2013 to celebrate its anniversary.

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