Participant Information and Registration Form
Dozens of vessels of every shape and size participate in the San Diego Bay Parade of Lights each year. Anyone with a boat can enter and join in the fun!
A $50 entry fee ($60 after Dec. 1) covers Parade participation for both evenings, and includes two complimentary reservations to the awards presentation dinner.
(The form is fillable and saveable when you use Adobe Reader to open it.)
Awards Presentation Dinner
The Awards Presentation dinner will be January 11, 2018 Tom Ham’s Lighthouse on Harbor Island. Happy Hour 6:00pm, Buffet Dinner 6:30 pm.
Your parade registration includes two complimentary tickets that will be held at the door in your name. Additional Awards Banquet admission tickets can be purchased on the website by clicking here. Additional tickets are $35 per person until January 1, 2018 and $50 after January 1, 2018. These tickets will also be held at the door in your boat name / name.
2016 grand prize was:
A luxury cruise package for two with Star Clippers, whose fleet includes three of the largest full-rigged sailing ships in the world – each with all of the amenities of a private mega-yacht.
The “Best in Theme” award is paired with below prize:
A cruise (to be announced soon) from UnCruise Adventures.
There are dozens of other prizes donated from our sponsors that participants can win. Don’t miss the parade fun and a chance to win a great prize!
Everyone who participates in both nights of the parade and passes both sets of judges will be eligible to win the above prizes.
All participants receive a participant plaque and are invited to the awards presentation held each year in January.
By clicking the above link, you are agreeing to this WAIVER, RELEASE and INDEMNITY: In consideration of being allowed to participate in the Parade, related events and activities, I agree to release and waive any and all claims and / or lawsuits against SAN DIEGO BAY PARADE OF LIGHTS, a Public Benefit Corporation, it’s members, officers, directors, Parade Committee, the Port of San Diego, and all other sponsoring organizations (“Released Parties”), for any loss or damages due to bodily injury, death or property damage sustained while participating in the Parade and related events and activities. I also agree to indemnify, defend and hold harmless the Released Parties, from and against any and all actions, claims and / or damages, including costs and attorney fees, due to personal injuries, property damage or intangible damage, asserted by any third person, caused directly, in whole or in part by the conduct of Applicant, and Applicant’s agents, employees and crew, even where the negligence of the Released Parties is a contributing cause of the damage. I also agree to conform to and to comply with all rules and regulations governing this event as well as the directions, safety requirements, instructions and regulations of the United States Coast Guard, The San Diego Harbor Police and the Parade Directors and Parade Committee safety vessels.
Step 2. Click here to register and pay for your entry into the 2017 San Diego Bay Parade of Lights.
All entries submitted starting, December 5, MUST pick up their skipper’s package at the Bali Hai on Shelter Island as their is not enough time to mail them out now with the first parade a week away.
Optional: If you cannot use the online form, we have a printable and fillable .pdf form that can be downloaded by clicking here. Mailing and payment information can be found on the bottom of the .pdf form.
Judging criteria for each category is as follows:
- Amount of lighting
- Creative use of lighting
- Difficulty of lighting (i.e., small boats with great light effects)
Live vs. recorded music
Applicability of music to the parade theme
- Crowd engagement
Boaters dressed in costume/boater participation
Use of ornamentation other than lighting
Adaptation and variation of theme
Participants must pass both sets of judges to be considered for awards. Bonus points are given to boaters who participate in both nights of the parade! Participants are eligible to win awards in a wide variety of categories. Winners and runners up in each category are given a trophy as well as great prizes! All Parade participants are given a participant plaque and are invited to the awards dinner, held each year in January.
This year’s Grand Prize is a cruise on Star Clippers ! The Grand Prize is chosen randomly and is not affected by the judges’ ratings. There are many other great prizes awarded.
Best of Parade
San Diego Bay Parade of Lights Committee International Award
San Diego Port Tenant Award
Best Yacht Club Entry
Best Marina Entry
Best of Power (Commercial)
Best of Power (Private) for boats 46 ft. and over
Best of Power (Private) for boats 33 to 45 ft.
Best of Power (Private) for boats 32 ft. and under
Best of Commercial Sail
Best of Sail (Private) 46 ft. and over
Best of Sail (Private) 33 to 45 ft.
Best of Sail (Private) 32 ft. and under
Stake boat volunteers must arrive in their own boat prior to the Parade start time, and each boat will be assigned a designated station to drop anchor. The dedication and commitment of our volunteers is what makes this not-for-profit, free event all possible!
For more information or to sign up to be a stake boat volunteer, please contact us.