One of SeaWorld San Diego’s coolest events is its daily Flamingo Parade. I just spent a few days with Trainer Sarah, who works with the park’s Animal Ambassador Team, and she tells me the parade is one of her favorite things to do.
“As a trainer, we do daily things like clean and feed the animals and talk with guests, but the best part for me is the Flamingo Parade,” said Sarah. “Seeing those smiles as guests see something totally unexpected never gets old and always makes me feel special about the work I do.”
The parade kicks off daily at 10:30 a.m. behind the scenes of the park’s Avian Center, where approximately 20 Caribbean flamingos join trainers on a stroll through the park to their exhibit corral in front of Animal Connections near Seaport Marketplace. Along the pathways, the flamingos are greeted and photographed by dozens of guests who are totally amazed to see a flock of flamingos sashay just inches away. Sarah and her fellow trainers are always happy to answer questions and point out fascinating facts about these curious birds. Once the flock is at their corral, guests have more opportunities to ask questions, or even be selected to go inside to meet some flamingos up close. Guests can also see a Flamingo Parade at noon when trainers guide them around Seaport Marketplace, and then at 4 p.m. when they return home to the Avian Center.
Sarah recommends visiting the park to see the Flamingo Parade. “The summer crowds have dissipated, and on the weekends we are celebrating our SeaWorld Halloween Spooktacular,” she said. “Where else can kids come in costume, enjoy special Halloween shows and treats and get nose-to-nose with flamingos?” At SeaWorld, of course!
Click on the video below to see a glimpse of the parade: