According to Port officials, the parade boasted 29 giant balloons, 10 marching bands and multiple floats and drill teams. Marching bands from Northwestern University and the University of Utah performed.
Utes fans far outnumbered Wildcats faithful, judging from bundled-up crowds wearing team colors.
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“The Port of San Diego Holiday Bowl Parade is one of the Port’s signature events, bringing approximately 100,000 spectators, including many from out of state, to the beautiful San Diego bayfront,” said Board of Port Commissioners Chairman Rafael Castellanos. “It’s a wonderful way to activate the waterfront and to add an economic boost to the region.”
County Supervisor Ron Roberts served as the parade’s grand marshal. Holiday Bowl organizers named Roberts the game’s honorary chairman Nov. 26.
“I’m flattered to be the honorary chairman of the 2018 SDCCU Holiday Bowl,” Roberts said. “Over the years this game has always been one of the best during bowl season and I’m sure this year will be fantastic. I can’t wait to be part of the many bowl activities.”
Other politicos waving at spectators were Assemblyman Todd Gloria and San Diego City Council members Mark Kersey (a Northwestern alumnus) and Monica Montgomery. Mayor Kevin Faulconer was absent.
The parade aired live nationally on Fox College Sports and also on Fox Sports San Diego, Fox Sports Prime Ticket in Los Angeles, Las Vegas and Hawaii and Fox Sports Southeast in Florida.
— City News Service contributed to this report
Gallery: Utes, Wildcats Fans Bask in Holiday Bowl Parade as Balloons Battle Winds was last modified: January 1st, 2019 by Ken Stone
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