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1300 Senter Road San Jose, CA 95113
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San Jose Holiday Parade
San Jose Holiday Parade in San Jose
The International Award-Winning SAN JOSE HOLIDAY PARADE, considered one of the “TOP 25 PARADES IN AMERICA” by the International Festivals and Events Association, is ready to step off the holiday season in Northern California! The San Jose Holiday Parade, the largest parade of its kind in Northern California, and one of the largest in the state, is ready to usher in the holidays with its giant helium balloons, over two dozen marching bands, creative floats, dozens of specialty units, clowns and Santa Claus.

This year’s parade is preparing to entertain millions of people on Sunday, December 5, 2010, beginning at 8:30 a.m., televised live on NBC Bay Area at 9:00 a.m. and streamed worldwide on nbcbayarea.com

The 29th Annual SAN JOSE HOLIDAY PARADE will showcase approximately 90 entries with 5,000 marchers, including giant soaring helium balloons, top marching bands, colorful floats, drill teams, equestrians, clowns and special guest celebrities!

The parade will step off on Santa Clara Street and Delmas Avenue, near HP Pavilion, at 8:30 a.m. proceeding east on Santa Clara Street. It will turn right on Market Street, marching south past Plaza De Cesar Chavez and ending at San Carlos Street. Join us to celebrate Toys, Treasures and Traditions at the San Jose Holiday Parade on December 5, 2010!

The San Jose Holiday Parade tradition began in 1981 when Santa Claus arrived in grand style for the opening of the Christmas in the Park display at Plaza de Cesar Chavez, in Downtown San José. Santa appeared on the roof of the St. Claire Hotel (currently the Hyatt), vanished from its rooftop and magically appeared at the hotel entrance. Santa leaped into a horse-drawn carriage waiting to escort him up Market Street to the park. In the first year the parade consisted of a couple of fire engines, City of San José vehicles and Santa.

The next year, the parade became the Christmas in the Park Parade. It began on Park Avenue and circled around Plaza de Cesar Chavez. The parade featured a handful of units including the San Jose State University Spartan Marching Band, a couple of floats and children’s groups. This tradition continued for a number of years until the parade became too large just circling the park.

In 1987, KNTV, San José’s only network affiliate television station, began to broadcast the parade throughout the Bay Area as the parade gained popularity. In 1993, the Christmas in the Park Parade became the San Jose Holiday Parade, beginning a new tradition. In 1994, the parade began its expansion to become a major California event and showcase California’s third largest city. Giant helium balloons, professionally made floats and marching musical units throughout North America were invited to join the line of march.

At the start of the Millenium, the parade was named “One of the Top 25 Parades in America” by the International Festival and Events Association and USA Today. In 2006, International Festival and Event professionals honored the San Jose Holiday Parade with the Grand Pinnacle Award. This award is presented annually to recognize the overall top international event.

Each year even more new and exciting units are sure to thrill parade-goers of all ages. Come join us for the 29th Annual San Jose Holiday Parade tradition on Sunday, December 5, 2010.


How to get to the San Jose Holiday Parade

Parking and public transportation to the San Jose Holiday Parade has never been easier.

Parking and Public Transit

There are more than 21,000 parking spaces in Downtown San José, convenient light rail transit and bus schedules, which take you right to the heart of the San Jose Holiday Parade. Learn more about the free parking program, validation programs, and public transit, including the DASH and Arena shuttles. Check out the interactive parking map, with detailed information on Downtown parking facilities and valuable parking tips.
Visit www.sjdowntownparking.com, to find the easiest and most convenient way to enjoy the San Jose Holiday Parade.

Parade Route

The parade will step off on Santa Clara Street and Delmas Avenue, near the HP Pavilion, at 8:30 a.m. proceeding east on Santa Clara Street. It will turn right on Market Street marching south past Plaza De Cesar Chavez and ending at San Carlos Street.
1300 Senter Road San Jose, CA 95113
Phone: 408-794-6200
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