More than 100 swimmers, sailors, stand-up paddle boarders, surfers, kayakers, and rowers—along with Bay enthusiasts on the Hornblower hybrid ferry, the classic sailing schooner Freda B, and the Baykeeper pollution patrol boat—paraded on the water in the second annual Bay Parade on Sunday May 31. It was a terrific show of support for a clean and healthy San Francisco Bay.
The parade started near Pier 14, where swimmers and surfers jumped into the Bay from the Hornblower Ferry. They were joined by sailboats, paddlers, and rowers, with some in costume!
The parade ended 1.5 miles later at McCovey Cove, where the exuberant finale was broadcast live on the AT&T Park Jumbotron at the start of the San Francisco Giants ball game.
After the parade, we celebrated with a party hosted by Anchor Brewing, at The Yard SF, the new pop-up beer garden just across McCovey Cove from AT&T Park.
You can also see coverage of the Bay Parade from the San Francisco Chronicle here.
The Bay Parade is Baykeeper’s annual celebration of a healthy San Francisco Bay and safe recreation in the Bay. Many participants raised funds to support Baykeeper’s work to protect the Bay from pollution.
It’s not too late to donate to Baykeeper in support of a Bay Parade participant and a healthy San Francisco Bay. To donate, click here.
Baykeeper extends a huge thank you to the Bay Parade participants who fundraised and swam, paddled, rowed, and sailed on behalf of a healthy San Francisco Bay. Thank you also to everyone who sailed aboard the Freda B in the Benefit for the Bay. Special thanks to our dozens of tireless volunteers, without whom we could not have put on such a successful event. And thanks to everyone who donated in support of a participant for your critical contributions to help make the Bay healthier and cleaner.
Many thanks also go out to our Bay Parade sponsors and supporters: the San Francisco Giants, Levi’s, Anchor Brewing Co., Hornblower Cruises and Events, Rose Foundation for Communities and the Environment, Keker & Van Nest LLC, New Resource Bank, ThinkShift Communications, Lozeau Drury LLP, Corporate Diligence Specialists, 101 Surf Sports, the Dolphin Swimming and Rowing Club, South End Rowing Club, San Franpsycho, and Bay Crossings.
Thank you to everyone who contributed to making the second annual Bay Parade such a big success for San Francisco Bay!
Photo by Clay Schmitz