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Sunday, August 11, 2019 | San Francisco, CA
COURSE DETAILS: Kayakers will launch from Pier 40 and be led by our course guides to loop around the area between Pier 32 and Pier 38, and then back to Pier 40. Kayakers will then paddle south to McCovey Cove. Paddlers will meet up with swimmers and boaters in McCovey Cove to join the Bay Parade finale. This finale is filmed and broadcast on the Jumbotron at the start of Sunday's Giants' home game. Following the finale, kayakers will return to Pier 40 to exit and return their gear to City Kayak. The paddle is approximately 2 miles and lasts 1.5 hours. Afterwards, kayak and stand-up paddleboard participants are invited to join the Bay Parade After Party where food and drinks will be available.
Bay Parade Grand Finale
Paddlers will participate in the Grand Finale along with swimmers and boaters. Onlookers and supporters can cheer on Bay Parade participants along the walking pier at 12:45pm on the day of the Parade, August 11.
PARKING & TRANSPORT: We strongly encourage to you take public transit. Here are public transit directions to Oracle Park, which is a few minutes walk from Pier 40.
If driving, you may want to consider using a website such Park Whiz or Parkopedia to reserve a parking spot in advance as parking is very limited. Visit this site for Oracle Park surface parking lots.
Below are paid parking garages within walking distance of Pier 40:
Exact timing is subject to change. Detailed instructions will be emailed to participants prior to the event.
10:00-10:30am - Paddler check-in
10:30-11:30am - Paddler training and safety presentation
11:30am - Paddle launch
12:30pm - Paddlers regroup outside breakwater of McCovey Cove
12:45pm - Paddlers participate in the Bay Parade Grand Finale in McCovey Cove
1:00-1:15pm - Paddlers return to Pier 40 to drop off kayaks/SUPs and exit the water
1:30-3:30pm - Bay Parade After Party
KAYAKS: Kayak rental is included with registration. If you are bringing your own kayak, you can receive $25 off the registration fee. Note that if you are bringing your own kayak, you must arrange transportation for your gear to and from Pier 40. After the paddle, you may bring your kayak to the after party area where there will be a designated location for your gear. Please do not leave any gear unattended at Pier 40.
SAFETY PRECAUTIONS & RECOMMENDATIONS: Paddling in San Francisco Bay can be challenging. Please be sure you are comfortable with this on-the-water experience.
If you are interested in gaining experience kayaking in the Bay prior to the Bay Parade, City Kayak will offer 20% off a group kayak lesson for Bay Parade participants. Please email email@example.com to inquire.
COSTUMES & DECORATIONS: The Bay Parade is a celebration of a clean and healthy Bay, and costumes are encouraged! Love seals? Dress up like one! Have a purple wig? Throw it on! Kayakers will also be provided a Bay Parade flag to display on the water.
GOLDEN RIVET AWARD: The Golden Rivet recognizes the fastest solo swimmer, fastest swim team, and biggest parade fundraiser from each year's Bay Parade. Kayakers are eligible to compete for the fundraising category. Winners' names are engraved on the Golden Rivet plaque. There will be other exciting prizes for all fundraising participants who reach certain fundraising targets.
Plus, the 2019 Golden Rivet Award winners will be invited to attend the Giants game on Monday night, August 26, for an in-game ceremony celebrating the Bay Parade. Winners will be on camera from the stands and featured on the Jumbotron as part of the recognition ceremony.
PARTY: The Bay Parade After Party takes place within walking distance of the course finish, at South Beach Park from 1:30 to 3:30 pm. Paddle registration includes one ticket to the party. Additional party tickets are available for purchase for $50 each.
UNDERAGE PARTICIPANTS: Bay Parade participation is open to those under the age of 18 only with advance approval. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to secure approval before registering. Participants under the age of 18 must be accompanied at the event by a parent or guardian. Registering minors must also have a parent or guardian electronically sign the event waiver agreement in the registration form.
PAYMENT DETAILS: Due to the nature and complexity of this event, there will be no refunds, including if event is cancelled due to weather or it is modified at the discretion of event organizers to maintain the safety of all participants. Please note that Bay Parade registration fees and Bay Parade Party ticket purchases are not tax deductible. If you made a separate additional gift, it is fully tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. For your records, San Francisco Baykeeper is a certified 501(c)3 nonprofit, tax ID number 68-0120240.
Thank you to our 2019 Bay Parade sponsors:
Photos by Drew Bird Photo