Swallows Day Parade @ San Juan Capistrano

March 20 is the Fiesta de la Golondrinas in the City of San Juan Capistrano in California. (Golondrinas being the Spanish word for Swallows)

It is home to the Mission of San Juan Capistrano that became famous for a legend of swallows that return to nest within the mission/church itself every year. As legend goes the swallows nests were being destroyed by locals who didn’t think much about bird poop. The priest at the local church (the mission San Juan Capistrano) told the swallows to come to his church and find shelter and a home there. Ever since the birds faithfully return to the mission to nest and raise their young.

The three month long celebration of “Fiesta de las Golondrinas” (or Festival of the Swallows) includes events such as the Taste of San Juan, the Kids Pet Parade, the Presidenta Ball, the Fiesta Grande which includes the Hairiest Man & Soiled Dove Contests, and the infamous HooseGow Day round-up. All culminating with the Swallows Day Parade and “Mercado” every year. The parade is the nation’s largest non-motorized parade and draws interest worldwide.

For more information visit www.swallowsparade.org and if you happen to be in the area have a great time. Make sure you say “Hi” to all those swallows for me!

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