Sunday, March 25, 2012

Fiesta de las Golondrinas

Yesterday, James, Josie and I attended the 54th Annual Fiesta de las Golondrinas Parade and Mercado in San Juan Capistrano. It was our first time at the event - even though it takes place just about 10 minutes from our home. The fiesta is a celebration honoring the return of the swallows to the Mission at San Juan Capistrano. You can see a video and read about the Swallow's return to San Juan Capistrano here.

We got our 'cow folk' fix for the year and Josie was just thrilled to see all the horses in the parade. Many in the parade dressed in period garb. A lot of folks turned out for the event, turning the small town into a party zone. Bars along the parade route were full and serving drinks at 10AM! It was a typical small town 'non-motorized' parade. Not much to tell beyond the fact that we had a great time and learned a lot about the history of the Mission and the surrounding town.

Mariachi Bands performed street-side

The Grand Marshall and family

Marines from nearby Camp Pendelton march to the cheers of the crowd

I'm not really sure how Zorro fits into the story of The Swallows....

Our little cowgirl poses at Mission San Juan Capistrano

Period costumes were everywhere

I guess when there's no donut shop....

Reese the Bloodhound. He has helped locate missing children and a few Alzheimer patients who lost their way...

Fancy hats at the Mercado

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