San Diego County Credit Union sponsoring America’s largest balloon parade

June 17, 2024 – Our town took a magical trip down memory lane today. The Model T Ford Club of America rolled into town for their 2024 National Tour. 

Dozens of these magnificent Model T’s lined our streets. It felt like stepping back in time.

The visitors took a stroll through our town’s rich history, from the old Lakeside Inn, the Auto Speedway route, made famous by racing legend Barney Oldfield, to our charming historic buildings and homes.

The Lakeside Historical Society opened their doors, welcoming everyone to explore the chapel, museum, Gift Shop, and the Speedway monument. It was a little slice of the past brought back to life.

Their visit was short, but the memories will last a lifetime. A huge thank you to the Model T Ford Club of America for stopping by and making the day in our hometown so special.

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