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Follow the Swallows to San Juan Capistrano this Weekend

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It’s never too early in the week to start making your weekend plans!

Springtime is here and with the recent rains in the region, the Southern California flora will soon bring beautiful colors throughout the area.

One great place to celebrate the new season is San Juan Capistrano, the birthplace of Orange County. Here you will find historic sites, restaurants and shopping in some of California’s historic areas and the best part about it – they’re just steps from our San Juan Capistrano Station.

San Juan Capistrano

A visit to San Juan Capistrano is special any time of year, but this weekend will be even better because the city is hosting one of the largest non-motorized parades in that nation and a street fair to mark the return of the swallows from Argentina.

This year, the 60th annual Swallows Day Parade and Mercado Street Faire will be held on Saturday, March 24. 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.

Swallows Parade

The Mercado Street Faire, where you can eat, dance, play and shop, is open beginning at 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The parade itself steps off at 11 a.m. and lasts until 2 p.m., giving you plenty of time to participate in the fiesta.

Whether you’re coming from Los Angeles, San Bernardino or Oceanside, Metrolink is your ride to this special event 60 years in the making for just $10 round-trip.

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