Photos of Holiday Bowl bands at battle!

Tomorrow evening, on New Year’s Eve, the Northwestern Wildcats play the Utah Utes in the 2018 Holiday Bowl.

Late this morning the team marching bands, cheerleading squads and mascots battled each other! And every combatant sported a great big smile!

A good crowd of college football fans enjoyed the annual Battle of the Bands on the sunny outdoor Marina Terrace of San Diego’s Marriott Marquis.

I arrived just before the show began…

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Fun photos of MLB All-Star Game’s Red Carpet Parade!

Before the official start of the 2016 MLB All-Star Game Red Carpet Parade, team mascots begin down the route through downtown San Diego.
Before the official start of the 2016 MLB All-Star Game Red Carpet Parade, team mascots begin down a winding route through downtown San Diego.

Here are some fun photos! I took them before and during the 2016 MLB All-Star Game’s “Red Carpet Parade”!

The unique pre-game parade took place at noon today. I’m watching the All-Star Game right now, so I’m not going to write much. Read the captions for explanations!

Fredbird of the St. Louis Cardinals heads across Harbor Drive from the Manchester Grand Hyatt.
Fredbird of the St. Louis Cardinals heads across Harbor Drive from the Manchester Grand Hyatt.
Here comes Dinger of the Colorado Rockies. I first met him in person about 20 years ago, when I gave him a high five as he entered a Denver hospital.
Here comes Dinger of the Colorado Rockies. I first met him about 20 years ago, when we exchanged high fives as he entered a Denver hospital.
I see Pittsburgh's Pirate Parrot, Sluggerrr of the Kansas City Royals, and the south side of Southpaw, mascot of the Chicago White Sox!
I see Pittsburgh’s Pirate Parrot, Sluggerrr of the Kansas City Royals, and the “south side” of Southpaw, mascot of the Chicago White Sox!
The Padres Pad Squad was on hand and smiling!
The Padres Pad Squad was on hand and smiling!
Sluggerrr poses for the camera!
Sluggerrr poses for the camera while lots of happy people gather around!
The beginning part of the parade route was less crowded, so I followed the mascots and enjoyed the fun. Here's Mr. Met of the New York Mets!
The beginning part of the parade route was less crowded, so I followed the mascots and enjoyed the fun. Here comes Mr. Met of the New York Mets!
A riot of happy baseball mascots in San Diego for the MLB All-Star Game! Now I spot Billy the Marlin!
A riot of happy baseball mascots in San Diego for the 2016 MLB All-Star Game! Now I spot Florida’s Billy the Marlin!
A New York Mets fan in San Diego gets a photo that he'll cherish forever.
A New York Mets fan in San Diego gets a photo that he’ll cherish forever.
Suddenly the parade arrives! Here are the Grand Marshals, Padres legends Dave Winfield and Trevor Hoffman!
Suddenly the parade arrives! Here are the Grand Marshals, Padres legends Dave Winfield and Trevor Hoffman!
The first couple vehicles in the parade have passed. I've taken position next to the red carpet in San Diego's historic Gaslamp Quarter.
The first couple vehicles in the parade have passed. I’ve taken position next to the red carpet in San Diego’s historic Gaslamp Quarter.
It's Mark Trumbo of the Baltimore Orioles.
It’s Mark Trumbo of the Baltimore Orioles.
Here comes Eduardo Nunez of the Minnesota Twins.
Here comes Eduardo Nunez of the Minnesota Twins.
Being driven down the All-Star Game Red Carpet is Kelvin Herrera of the Kansas City Royals.
Being driven down the All-Star Game Red Carpet is Kelvin Herrera of the Kansas City Royals.
And here's Miguel Cabrera of the Detroit Tigers.
And here’s Miguel Cabrera of the Detroit Tigers.
Orbit, the crazy mascot of the Houston Astros, greets Jose Quintana of the Chicago White Sox.
Orbit, the crazy mascot of the Houston Astros, greets Jose Quintana of the Chicago White Sox.
Carlos Beltran of the New York Yankees ride down the Red Carpet a few hours prior to the 2016 Major League All-Star Game in San Diego.
Carlos Beltran of the New York Yankees rides down the Red Carpet a few hours prior to the 2016 Major League Baseball All-Star Game in San Diego.
David Ortiz, of the Boston Red Sox, waves to the crowd as he travels down the Red Carpet toward Petco Park. This might be Big Papi's final All-Star Game.
David Ortiz, of the Boston Red Sox, waves to the crowd as he travels down the Red Carpet toward Petco Park. This might be Big Papi’s final All-Star Game.
Baseball fans line Fifth Avenue in San Diego Gaslamp Quarter. They're all excited to see the today's greatest Major League players parade on by!
Baseball fans line Fifth Avenue in San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter. They’re all excited to see today’s greatest Major League players parade on by!
Turning the corner at the intersection of Fifth and Island is Marco Estrada of the Toronto Blue Jays.
Turning the corner at the intersection of Fifth and Island is Marco Estrada of the Toronto Blue Jays.
Here's Aaron Sanchez of the Toronto Blue Jays.
Here’s Aaron Sanchez of the Toronto Blue Jays.
Now National League players have begun to head down the Red Carpet. I see Madison Bumgarner of the San Francisco Giants.
Now National League players have begun to head down the Red Carpet. I see Madison Bumgarner of the San Francisco Giants.
Lots of fans have converged along the parade route to enjoy one of the most popular MLB All-Star Game events in San Diego.
Lots of fans have converged along the parade route to enjoy one of the most popular MLB All-Star Game events in San Diego.
It's Jay Bruce of the Cincinnati Reds.
It’s Jay Bruce of the Cincinnati Reds.
And here is local baseball hero, Wil Myers of the San Diego Padres!
And here is our local baseball hero, Wil Myers of the San Diego Padres!
Here comes Bryce Harper of the Washington Nationals.
Here comes Bryce Harper of the Washington Nationals.
Buster Posey of the San Francisco Giants passes in front of the William Heath Davis House Museum in San Diego.
Buster Posey of the San Francisco Giants passes in front of the William Heath Davis House Museum in San Diego.
Anthony Rizzo of the Chicago Cubs appears to be enjoying his experience at the All-Star Game Red Carpet Parade!
Anthony Rizzo of the Chicago Cubs appears to be enjoying his experience at the All-Star Game Red Carpet Parade!
I've spotted Thor, or Noah Syndergaard of the New York Mets.
I’ve spotted Thor, or Noah Syndergaard of the New York Mets.
And finally, here comes what all the players want. The Commissioner's Trophy, which will be presented to the team that wins the World Series!
And finally, here comes what all the players want. The Commissioner’s Trophy, which will be presented to the team that wins the 2016 World Series!
The Red Carpet Parade for MLB's 2016 All-Star Game in San Diego is over. Now all that's left to be done is play the game.
The Red Carpet Parade for MLB’s 2016 All-Star Game in San Diego is over. Now all that’s left to be done is play the big game.
Thousands turned out in downtown San Diego today to pay tribute to their favorite baseball teams and players.
Thousands turned out in downtown San Diego today to pay tribute to their favorite Major League Baseball teams and players.

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