The 60th Swallows Day Parade and Mercado Street Faire

The 60th Swallows Day Parade and Mercado Street Faire

The 60th Swallows Day Parade and Mercado Street Faire

On March 24, 2018, the 60th Swallows Day Parade and Mercado Street Faire will be held. To begin with, the Swallows Day Parade is part of the Fiesta de las Golondrinas or Festival of the Swallows. A celebration of the return of the migratory songbird to Mission San Juan Capistrano on St. Joseph’s Day. During this three-month Fiesta de las Golondrinas, the Fiesta Association is responsible for various fundraising and community activities. Those include Taste of San Juan, Kids Pet Parade, El Presidenté Ball, and Fiesta Grande. Moreover, Fiesta Grande includes the Hairiest Man & Soiled Dove Contests, and the infamous Hoos’Gow Day round-up, all culminating with the Swallows Day Parade and The Mercado.

In addition, the Fiesta de las Golondrinas is an outgrowth of a school carnival in the 1930’s. Subsequently, the carnival became a local equestrian parade. The Fiesta Association began as a committee, which was later known as the Chamber of Commerce. Original events consisted of an equestrian parade, a trail ride, and a western dance.


The 60th Annual Swallows Day Parade and Mercado Street Fair will be held on Saturday, March 24, 2018. The Fiesta de las Golondrinas celebrates the return of the swallows to the San Juan Capistrano Mission on St. Joseph’s Day, which is March, 19th.

The Parade takes place throughout downtown San Juan Capistrano. The Swallows Day Parade falls into the categories of non-motorized parades.

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