Press Release

3rd Annual Bay Parade on San Francisco Bay May 22

Swimmers, paddlers, boaters parade on the water to McCovey Cove; elite swimmers vie for Golden Rivet Prize in 6.5-mile swim from the Golden Gate
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Judy MacLean, Baykeeper Communications Manager, judy@baykeeper.org 510-735-9700 ext 104 (office), 510-725-2209 (mobile)

Swimmers, kayakers, stand-up paddle boarders, and boaters will parade on the water along the San Francisco waterfront on May 22 in Baykeeper’s 3rd Annual Bay Parade. The 1pm finale in McCovey Cove—featuring costumes, flags and live music—will be recorded and broadcast on the Jumbotron at the start of the Giants evening home game.

The Bay Parade includes the competitive Golden Rivet Swim from the Golden Gate Bridge to McCovey Cove. Elite swimmers competing include: Kimberley Chambers, who set a new world record, becoming the first woman to swim 30 miles from the Farallon Islands; winner of the Triple Crown of Open Water Swimming, Patti Bauernfeind; and Suzanne Heim-Bowen, record-setting winner of competitive open water swims around the world.

Visuals on May 22: Hundreds of cheering swimmers, stand-up paddle boarders, kayakers, and boaters, with costumes, flags and live music, plus the Baykeeper pollution patrol boat, and the San Francisco Fire Department fire boat spraying water during the finale.

See the Bay Parade finale from the north side of McCovey Cove, on the walking pier that extends east from the southeast corner of the ballpark, near the ferry landing. A map showing the shoreline parade viewing area is attached and can be viewed here. A Baykeeper spokesperson will be at the shoreline parade viewing area for comments and questions from 12:30-1:15.

Advance visuals available: Aerial MP4 standard definition video footage of swimmers in the Bay; photos of swimmers in the Bay; and photos of past Bay Parades here. 4K aerial video of swimmers in the Bay available on request.

More information on the Golden Rivet Swim Race: Available here.

The Bay Parade is a celebration of a healthy San Francisco Bay that’s clean for recreation and a fundraiser for Baykeeper’s work to protect San Francisco Bay. Baykeeper uses science, advocacy, and the law to stop pollution in San Francisco Bay. For more information, visit baykeeper.org.