San Diego Loves a Parade

The Big Bay Balloon Parade took it to the streets Wednesday, thrilling thousands.

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Tens of thousands of parade and football fans lined the Embarcadero on Wednesday for the annual Big Bay Balloon Parade.
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Tens of thousands of parade and football fans lined up for the parade.
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The parade is an annual rite along the Embarcadero on San Diego's waterfront.
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The festivities are part of the annual Holiday Bowl, which is set for later on Wednesday at Qualcomm Stadium in Mission Valley.
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Light winds posed a challenge for many of the volunteers guiding their giant charges down the route.
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This year's matchup pits the Arizona Wildcats vs. the Nebraska Cornhuskers.
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These folks are part of the Balloon Platoon.
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Dozens of oversize balloons -- including a sort of miniature Darth Vader, Shamu, Mother Goose and many more -- thrilled paradegoers young and old.
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The clown had a tough time negotiating a streetlight.
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Local dignitaries, including port commissioners, rode in the parade.
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These folks called themselves the Lawn Rangers.
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Chula Vista's boys of summer from the Little League World Series-winning Park View All Stars
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Still, the winds made it appear as if Shamu was swimming, so it wasn't all bad.
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The parade kicked off at about 10 a.m. near the County Administration Building and ran for well over an hour.
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Darth Vader, big and small, as well as Imperial Stormtroopers and other characters from the Star Wars series, assembled near the County Administration Building on Wednesday morning for the Big Bay Balloon Parade.
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