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For more than five decades, San Juan Capistrano has celebrated the legendary migration of the cliff swallows from Argentina each spring with annual events and festivities, including one of the nation’s largest non-motorized parades.

This year marks the 57th annual Swallows Day Parade taking place in downtown San Juan Capistrano—a two-hour spectacle filled with more than 130 entries, 3,800 people on foot, 500 horses, 23 floats and nine marching bands.

Check out The Capistrano Dispatch’s special “Swallows Day in San Juan” insert for tips on navigating your way through this year’s many events, including the annual Mercado Street Faire. And don’t forget to pencil in the Wild West-themed festivities leading up to the big day!

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