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Season’s Showcase – A Party of Performers and the Parade of Lights

On Sunday, December 8th, we threw a first-of-its-kind celebration for our 30th anniversary. Season’s Showcase was a community gathering and a viewing party of the local time-honored San Diego Bay Parade of Lights. We have been lifting the roof off the Convention Center and inviting our community to get a behind-the-scenes look at how we bring people together in the heart of downtown San Diego all year long.

The Port of San Diego sponsored the event, providing free parking to help us bring people to this free community party. Although we had some rain showers, the weather did not stop the festivities. We brought the entertainment into the ballroom and livestreamed the boat parade, thanks to the technical expertise of our audio/visual partner, ON Site Services.

With the fitting parade theme of Comic-Con on the Bay, we had staff from Comic-Con International on hand to inform the public about the highly anticipated Comic-Con Museum in Balboa Park. Centerplate, our food & beverage partner, featured their signature beer-battered fish tacos in step with the nautical purpose of the event, along with holiday-inspired sweets and beverages. We also had a children’s theater for the little ones and a fun and free photo booth for families and friends to capture the moment.

“As our 30th year comes to an end, we wanted to conclude our anniversary celebrations with a party for the community,” said San Diego Convention Center President and CEO Clifford “Rip” Rippetoe. “As families from San Diego gathered in our building, they enjoyed a festive community event complete with performances that represent the diversity of our region.”

A big thank you to the evening’s performers, all of which dazzled the audience and were a wonderful reflection of our region’s talent. Let’s hear it for those who entertained our community!

From your San Diego Convention Center, thank you for celebrating 30 years with us! Happy New Year!

Enjoy the photos from the event below.

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Posted by Rita de la Fuente, on December 12, 2019
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