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SF’s “Opening Day on the Bay” Boat Parade

Huge parade of 100+ historic boats, classic and contemporary craft on Sunday
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The annual Opening Day on the Bay shows off over 105 historic workboats, fireboats, towboats, classic and contemporary craft.

The theme for this year’s parade is “Holidays on the Bay”. The parade will be a fun display of boats decorated to depict various holidays from flag flying holidays, holiday celebrations, days to honor historic figures or commercially created calendar holidays.

This marks the official start of the San Francisco boating season.

102nd Annual “Opening Day on the Bay” Boat Parade
Sunday, April 28, 2019 | Noon
View from Crissy Field to Pier 39, SF
FREE to watch from the shore – view the parade route

Prior to the beginning of the parade is the Blessing of the Fleet, at 10:30 in Raccoon Strait, hosted by Corinthian Yacht Club.

The parade begins at noon, led by the San Francisco fireboat St. Francis, so participating in the blessing and parade is possible. The “Blessing Boat” will be anchored in Raccoon Strait, come through from the backside and then cruise on over to the San Francisco waterfront and join in on the fun.

Boat Parade registration is free.

This is a unique opportunity to see the annual decorated boat parade which sails close to the shore, so land-based spectators can view from almost anywhere along SF’s northern shoreline.