Boat Parade by Randy Seton
Boat Parade by Randy Seton

Boat Parade Starts TOMORROW (Save your parking spots!)

Hold on to your seats, because this year’s 108th annual Boat Parade is going to be a doozy!  For those planning to travel on the Balboa Peninsula, please consider carpooling, Ubers, and/or arriving early, as traffic and parking are always problematic for this event.

Here are the schedules to plan your parking around:

DATES: December 14, 2015 – December 18, 2015
TIMES: 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm each evening, starting at Bay Island, moving towards the mouth of the bay, then wrapping around the harbor to Bay Island again.  There will be fireworks opening and closing the event, on 6:15pm on Wednesday @ Newport Pier and 9:05pm Sunday @ Balboa Pier.

Wednesday, December 14
6:15pm Fireworks @ Newport Pier
6:30pm Parade begins
Grand Marshal: Mickey Mouse from the Disneyland® Resort

Thursday, December 15
6:30pm Parade begins
Grand Marshals: Salute to Local Olympians

Friday, December 16
6:30pm Parade begins
Grand Marshals: Alumni from the hit NBC singing show “The Voice”

Saturday, December 17
6:30pm Parade begins
Grand Marshals: 2016 A Special Salute to Hometown Heroes

Sunday, December 18
6:30pm Parade begins
Grand Marshals – Members of the USC Trojan Marching Band
9:05pm Fireworks @ Balboa Pier

A photo schedule of each route and when the boat parade will be meeting each point around the bay is here:


Where will you be?



About Mike Glenn

Mike is the founder and publisher of Save Newport and Chair of Government Relations for the Elks Lodge. He writes, shoots photos, and edits, but much of the time, he's just "the IT guy". He can be reached at: Google+, Facebook, or via email, at