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SDCCU rings in the holiday spirit as presenting sponsor of San Diego Big Bay Balloon Parade
America’s largest balloon parade expected to attract 100,000 viewers
12/18/2013 12:00 a.m.
SDCCU, San Diego’s largest locally-owned financial institution, is returning as the presenting sponsor of the 23rd annual Port of San Diego Big Bay Balloon Parade. SDCCU has supported this event for the past 11 years.
Known as “America’s Largest Balloon Parade,” the parade is set to step off at 10 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 30 on the North Embarcadero in Downtown San Diego, near the County Administration Building on North Harbor Drive. The parade is expected to attract more than 100,000 viewers who will observe more than 20 giant character balloon entries, more than any other parade in the country (including Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City), and approximately 19 marching bands along Harbor Drive’s scenic bay-front route.
Jay Jay the Jet Plane, the Lorax, Bob the Builder and Woody Woodpecker are among the giant helium-filled character inflatables expected to appear this year. Already confirmed for an appearance at the parade will be SDCCU’s 30-foot-high helium inflatable sailboat. In all, the balloons flying in the 2013 parade are expected to require more than 50,000 cubic feet of helium.
“We are proud to support this tremendously popular event that is enjoyed by the San Diego community at large,” said Teresa Halleck, SDCCU President & CEO. “This parade entertains folks all around the nation with all the beauty San Diego has to offer.”
As in previous years, the parade is scheduled to be televised locally on Channel 4, and broadcast nationally on the USA Network. USA Network has previously aired the parade telecast at various times following the actual parade day.
San Diego County Credit Union is San Diego’s largest locally-owned financial institution serving San Diego, Riverside and Orange counties. SDCCU has assets of $6.4 billion, more than 250,000 customers, more than 30 convenient branch locations and 30,000 surcharge-FREE ATMs. From FREE Checking with eStatements and SDCCU Mobile Deposit, to home and auto loans, Visa® credit cards, money market accounts and business banking services, including commercial real estate loans. SDCCU provides breakthrough banking products that meet the demands of today’s lifestyle and delivers banking services that save customers money. Federally insured by NCUA and is an equal housing lender.