Sunday, March 24, 2013

Swallows Day Parade 2013 - more pictures

Some more views of the San Juan Capistrano Swallows Day parade on March 23rd, 2013.

The latter part of the parade route. Who knew I lived in such a beautiful city?
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Big horses that remind me of Roman statues.
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Slightly smaller horse.
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Swallows Day Parade, 2013

It's always nice and warm at the San Juan Capistrano Swallows Day Parade.  There's always great food to be had and we're always invited to at least one party, to which I send my party reviewer who unfortunately does not have a blog but remarked privately that the Pig Roast this year was fantabulosa.

The parade was as wonderful as usual. It's the largest non-motorized parade in the US, which means the Shriners have to pull their little hat behind them on wheels - no miniature cars for the Shriners!

We had the original inhabitants (as far as anyone knows) of SJC, the Acjachemen nation.
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We had the Mexican Cowboys, who were second. And had the pranciest horses.
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Then SJC had a wave of northern European cowboys. (These are cowgirls, the Winchester Widows.)
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We had the Aliens. I'm not sure the aliens were actually inhabitants of SJC at any time but they threatened to blow us up with the Death Star if we didn't put their picture in.
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And we had the newest inhabitants of SJC, the Mexican Chinelo dancers. (See yesterday for close ups.)
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Edit to correct "Chinelo".

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Fiesta de las Golondrinas, 2013

Today was the San Juan Capistrano festival of the swallows. It's a vernal equinox festival, or if you prefer, St. Joseph's day, or if you're a local, it's the day the swallows fly back from Argentina to nest in SJC.

The swallows actually arrived a few days ago. Here's a couple of photos of the Swallows Day Parade.

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