Rain washes away Poinsettia Bowl festivities

SAN DIEGO (CNS) – Heavy rain Tuesday led to event cancellations on the busiest day of Poinsettia Bowl pre-game activities.

Following late-morning practices, players from the U.S. Naval Academy were to visit SeaWorld San Diego in the early afternoon, while the San Diego State University players were to go to the San Diego Zoo.

Both events were canceled because of the inclement weather, according to bowl spokesman Mark Neville.

When it became apparent the rain was not going to let up, the Gaslamp March, in which marching bands and cheerleaders of both schools were to parade along Fifth Avenue in the Gaslamp Quarter, was also canceled, Neville said.

Unaffected by the precipitation is a late afternoon reception for the Make-a-Wish Foundation.

About 500 Make-a-Wish Foundation children will be attending Thursday's game, and a pre-game tailgate.

The foundation receives $1 for every ticket sold, which was close to 51,000 on Monday, and participating children serve as honorary team captains, flip the coin and retrieve the tee after the opening kickoff.

The teams will go to the USS Midway Museum tomorrow for a luncheon and play the game Thursday.

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