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Fiesta Association hosts annual Farewell to the Swallows BBQ on Oct. 18

Holding an American flag, a rider from the Merced County Sheriff Posse stops in front of the VIP section at the 56th Swallows Day Parade. Photo by Brian Park
Holding an American flag, a rider from the Merced County Sheriff Posse stops in front of the VIP section at the 56th Swallows Day Parade. Photo by Brian Park

The Capistrano Dispatch

Each year, San Juan Capistrano celebrates the famed Swallows’ arrival to Mission San Juan Capistrano on St. Joseph’s Day in March. But, just as the Swallows come they must go. That’s why each year, at the close of Swallow season, San Juan also bids them “Farewell.”

On Saturday, Oct. 18, the Fiesta Association, the all-volunteer group that organizes the annual Swallows Day Parade, hosts its yearly barbecue bidding the Swallows “Adieu.”

Festivities kick off at noon and last until 4 p.m. at Reata Park and Event Center, located at 28632 Ortega Highway. The event will feature barbecue from Bad to the Bone, games, dancing and live music by The Kelly Boys. The event will also act as a kickoff to the upcoming Fiesta de las Golodrinas season.

Tickets are $15. Kids under 12 are half price.

Dignitaries for next year’s Fiesta de las Golodrinas will be nominated at the event—including Miss Fiesta and Señor San Juan.

The 57th installment of the association’s Swallows Day Parade and Mercado Faire will be held on Saturday, March 21. Events leading up to the parade include the Kids Pet Parade, El Presidente Ball, Fiesta Grande and Hoos’Gow Day. Find out more by visiting www.swallowsdayparade.com.

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