The 44th annual San Diego Bay Parade of Lights had the theme Christmas Around the World,  featuring nearly 70 festive boats. Photo by Chris Stone
The 44th annual San Diego Bay Parade of Lights had the theme Christmas Around the World, featuring nearly 70 festive boats. Photo by Chris Stone

With an international theme and several using an Eiffel Tower motif in honor of the Paris shooting victims, about 70 colorfully lit boats cruised along the waterfront Sunday in the port’s 44th annual San Diego Bay Parade of Lights.

The event, with a theme of “Christmas Around the World,” began at 5:30 p.m. — avoiding rains forecast for later in the evening.

The boats sailed from Shelter Island south toward the San Diego-Coronado Bay Bridge. The circuit takes about two hours, but most passed a given point in under 50 minutes.

The best viewing sites included Harbor Island, the Embarcadero and Seaport Village. In Coronado, the Ferry Landing and Tidelands Park were good picnic spots. The Port of San Diego offered seats, music and food trucks at the foot of Broadway Pier.

The port encouraged attendees to use public transportation since parking lots fill quickly.

The parade will run again Sunday, Dec. 20.

— City News Service contributed to this report.

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.