Saturday March 20, 2010 local Orange County residents and businesses as well as people coming from as far as Perris, Azusa and El Monte came out to San Juan Capistrano to be a part of the 52nd presentation of the Swallows Day Parade.
The Swallows Day Parade, or Fiesta de Las Golondrinas, celebrates the legend of the return of the swallows to the San Juan Capistrano Mission on St. Josephs Day according to the San Juan Capistrano Fiesta Association Website.
Starting at 11AM the whole downtown area of San Juan Capistrano was blocked off from all motorized vehicles and the streets were full of people waiting to see the nations largest non-motorized parade and more horses than could be counted.
The parade included floats by a variety local businesses and schools, marching bands from all over Southern California, the YMCA, local residents and many equestrian clubs just to name a few.
The parade brought together the community to celebrate in this event while the YMCA promoted family in addition to community with their father and daughter floats in the parade.
After the parade came to an end people were directed to the Swallows Day Mercado one block over. This Market and Street Fair included funnel cake, kettle corn and Italian ice as well as had a large kids play zone area. Live music and entertainment was also provided throughout the day.
The businesses surrounding the area also had their own live music and promotions going on. Even the downtown Regency movie theater ,which won’t be open until April, was participating in the festivities by handing out free freshly popped popcorn.
If you missed out on this community wide event there is still a chance to celebrate with the city of San Juan Capistrano during their 4th of July Community Fair.