Celebrate the Bay in the Bay Parade

If you love San Francisco Bay, you're invited to spend an unforgettable day on the water-for a great cause.

Parade participants raise the big banner at the Bay Parade finale in McCovey Cove. Photo by Drew Bird


Published: June, 2018


If you love San Francisco Bay, you’re invited to spend an unforgettable day on the water—for a great cause. Kayak, stand-up paddleboard, swim or boat in the Fifth Annual Bay Parade, which will take place on Sunday, July 15.


It’s a wonderful way to show you care about keeping the Bay’s water clean for recreation. Choose your favorite way to celebrate a healthy San Francisco Bay:

Kayak or stand-up paddleboard 2.5 miles along the San Francisco waterfront, or

Swim 6.5 miles, solo or in a relay team, along the San Francisco shoreline, from the Golden Gate Bridge to McCovey Cove, or

Volunteer with your motorboat, sailboat or rowboat for swimmer support.


Everyone will come together for the spectacular Bay Parade finale in McCovey Cove. We’ll raise high a big banner showing our love for the Bay. And the finale will be broadcast on the ballpark Jumbotron at the start of the Giants home game. Costumes, noisemakers and musical instruments are encouraged.


Afterwards, you can continue the celebration on dry land at the Bay Parade party, with tasty bites and bottomless beer from Anchor Brewing.


Join this fun community celebration and support our region’s most precious natural resource. The Bay Parade’s proceeds support Baykeeper’s work to protect the Bay from pollution and to keep the water healthy for both recreation and wildlife. Get more information and sign up at baykeeper.org/bayparade. See you on the water on July 15!


Sejal Choksi-Chugh is the Executive Director of San Francisco Baykeeper. Since 1989, Baykeeper has been using science, advocacy, law, and a boat to stop Bay pollution. To report pollution in the Bay, call Baykeeper’s hotline at 1-800-KEEP-BAY (1-800-533-7229), e-mail hotline@baykeeper.org, or click “Report Pollution” at baykeeper.org.

Stand-up paddleboarders and kayakers paddle along the San Francisco waterfront in the Bay Parade. Photo by Drew Bird

The Bay Parade swim crosses San Francisco Bay from the Golden Gate to McCovey Cove. Photo by Clay Schmitz