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!

The $75 ($100 after Nov 26) entry fee covers Parade participation for both evenings.

Step 1. YOU MUST READ THIS NOTICE BEFORE PROCEEDING.  Click here to read the Skippers’ Instructions.

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. Online registration is now closed (12/6/21) for the 2021 parade.

There are other ways to participate in the San Diego Bay Parade of Lights besides entering your boat in the Parade. Each year we ask for ‘stake boat’ volunteers to help our Parade entrants stay on the predetermined route.

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.

San Diego Bay Parade of Lights’ Boat Lighting Seminar

WHEN: Thursday, November 4, 2021 from 5:30 pm to 7 pm

WHERE: West Marine in Point Loma, 1250 Rosecrans St., San Diego, CA 92106

WHY: If you’re thinking about participating in the 2021 San Diego Bay Parade of Lights, please join us for the Lighting Seminar. Learn about the latest developments in lighting for your boat so you’ll make a big impression on the thousands of people who flock to watch the parade. Of course, you don’t have to have a boat in the parade to learn about LED lights, using less electricity, and more! Applications and information on the parade will be available at the seminar. Don’t miss this great (free) opportunity!

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