San Jose Holiday Parade

I had no idea that San Jose had a parade, let alone one “considered one of the “TOP 25 PARADES IN AMERICA” by the International Festivals and Events Association” — what?! I clearly have been missing out these last few years.

Some highlights of this year’s parade (Sunday, December 7th):

  • Ballet San Jose Silicon Valley will open the parade with a performance from the Nutcracker
  • The tween queen” (their words, not mine), Brianna James will be performing and making an appearance
  • 2008 Grand Marshall, Princess Aurora (Sleeping Beauty) will … stand there, smile and wave. Oh and you know, spread the magic of Disney and the holiday season and whatnot.

Other festivities begin the night before during the Inflation Celebration. “The night features giant helium balloons, dazzling floats, children’s activities, great giveaways and live entertainment.

Overall it does sound like wonderful time to get out and do something with family or friends to get into the holiday spirit. And for fellow photographers out there, plenty of great opportunities for all styles of photography! That alone may be what pulls me out of my warm bed that early on a Sunday morning.

Here are the details:
Date: Sunday, December 7th

Parade path: Start on Santa Clara Street and Delmas Avenue, near the HP Pavilion, at 8:30 a.m. (proceeding east on Santa Clara Street)
It’ll take a right on Market Street and travel past Plaza De Cesar Chavez to end at San Carlos Street.

Check out their map for more details. [PDF]

More info on the official site: San Jose Holiday Parade

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