San Diego Bay Parade of Lights kicks off

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SAN DIEGO -- The 48th annual San Diego Bay Parade of Lights kicks off at 5 p.m. Sunday at Shelter Island.

Hosted by the Port of San Diego, the boat parade begins at Shelter Island and concludes at the Coronado Ferry Landing.

This year's theme is Comic-Con on the Bay, with many participants expected to decorate their boats accordingly.

Around 80 boats travel the parade route each year. More than 100,000 people were expected to watch the parade from various points on land, with some restaurants and event spaces hosting viewing parties Sunday evening.

This year's second and final San Diego Bay boat parade will be held Dec. 15.

The winner of the 2019 San Diego Bay Parade of Lights boat decorating contest will be announced at Tom Ham's Lighthouse on Jan. 9, 2020.

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