San Diego County Credit Union (SDCCU), San Diego’s largest locally-owned financial institution with three local East County branch offices in El Cajon, La Mesa and Santee, is returning as the presenting sponsor of the 22nd annual Port of San Diego Big Bay Balloon Parade. SDCCU has supported this event for the past 10 years. Known as America’s Largest Balloon Parade, the parade is set to step off at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 27 in Downtown San Diego, near the County Administration Building on North Harbor Drive. The parade is expected to attract more than 100,000 viewers who will view an expected 24 giant character balloon entries, more than any other parade in the country, including Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City, and approximately 19 marching bands along Harbor Drive’s scenic bay-front route. The parade route will precede south on North Harbor Drive and end at the corner of Pacific Highway and “E” Street, just south of Broadway. Street-side viewing is free, though reserved grandstand seats are available. For ticket information, visit www.holidaybowl.com.