Swallow’s Day Parade

The 56th Annual Swallow’s Day Parade and Mercado Street Faire will celebrate the return of the swallows in downtown San Juan Capistrano this Saturday, March 22, 2014. The parade begins at the intersection of Ortega Hwy and Del Obispo Streets at 11:00 a.m. and continues down Camino Capistrano.

Streets close early (by 10am) but you can park and take advantage of a FREE parade day shuttle service from 8:00am to 5:30pm. Pickup points are at the Capistrano Business Park and Fluidmaster off of Rancho Viejo Rd, north of Junipero Serra.

For more information about the Swallows Day Parade, parking and directions call 949.493.1976 or visit www.swallowsparade.org.

There’s no better way to celebrate your Italian heritage than marching with fellow Italian Americans in the nation’s largest non-motorized parade! THE ITALIAN ENTRY – Show your Italian pride by carrying a regional flag of Italy, walk alongside Roman soldiers or travel in a horse drawn trolley (available for those not able to walk).

The parade starts promptly at 11:00am and we will start marching about 11:10am and be done by 11:45am.  Our post parade celebration will once again be hosted by Carolyn Franks, the spicy Italian from New Jersey, at Zoomars. Jim Bianchi will be back to provide musical entertainment that will be sure to get you up and dancing the tarantella! This year the meal will be catered by John Gillotti at the Mission Grill.  The online credit card system has had difficulty getting started so John has come up with another plan for ticket sales. They are set up at the restaurant to take advance ticket orders with a credit card via the phone, the number is 949-240-8055 and they are open 8am-9pm.  Additionally, they are providing a separate and secure email address, catering@missiongrillsjc.com, where anyone can submit their ordering information and receive a confirmation of their purchase.  Furthermore, they working to secure mobile credit card processing in time for the parade.   A delicious Italian buffet will be served including Italian meatballs, baked ziti, salad, dessert, water & iced tea.   We will have a no host bar or you can bring your own.  The cost for the buffet is $17.95 per person for adults $7.95 for children 10 & under

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