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60th Annual Swallows Day Parade/Mariachis at the Mission

March 24, 2018 @ 11:00 am

The traditions of celebrating the return of the famous swallows, originally started at Mission San Juan Capistrano by Father O’Sullivan in the 1920s, have grown into a community-wide season of festivities in San Juan Capistrano. The Fiesta de las Golondrinas is a series of events, hosted by the San Juan Capistrano Fiesta Association, celebrating the return of the swallow to Capistrano. This includes the highly-anticipated Annual Swallows Day Parade, the largest non-motorized parade in the country.

The 60th Annual Swallows Day Parade will be held Saturday, March 24, 2018 beginning at 11:00 AM. The Parade takes place in downtown San Juan Capistrano on the streets surrounding the historic Mission. Streets closed 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Mission San Juan Capistrano is proud to partner with the Fiesta Association in keeping these traditions alive each year and celebrating the historic heritage of San Juan Capistrano. Mark your calendar and don’t miss these historic events! Join us for St. Joseph’s Day at Mission San Juan Capistrano on Monday, March 19th and return on Saturday, March 24th for the Swallows Day Parade.

After the Parade on Saturday, March 24th, visit the Mission for live mariachis from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.! Mariachi Nuevo Capistrano, award winners from Mission San Juan Capistrano’s Battle of the Mariachis Festival, will perform in the Mission Front Courtyard.


March 24, 2018
11:00 am
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Mission San Juan Capistrano
26801 Ortega Hwy
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675 United States
(949) 234-1300


Downtown San Juan Capistrano