Saturday, March 23, 2013

San Juan Capistrano Swallows Day Parade

It happens every year. The swallows return to the Mission San Juan Capistrano, and so does the Parade.
The Swallows Day Parade has been running for 58 years. This year was the biggest parade they have had to date. Over 600 horses alone, along with marching bands from local schools and some from the local counties. It started at 11 am and ended at 2 pm. It is counted as the largest non-mechanical parade in the country! Did you know that? Yep, that is a record. It was a great deal of pomp and fun.
We went because our daughter was riding in the parade with what was supposed to be 17 Friesians from Southern California....only 11 or so were able to show.
Did you know that the Friesian horse was almost extinct a few years ago? Yup, and our daughter rides one at least once a week....
So, without further ado, I will post the pictures. My hubby took these pictures and in total he took 297 pictures. Afterall, besides horses there were dogs, children, wagons, marching bands and more. No motors of any sort. Every wagon was pulled by horse power.....great fun and a long day.
Enjoy!





 (this is our daughter and the horse she rode ...)
It was a day that started for us at 6 am...for our daughter it started at 3:30 am and went until 4pm when she got to drive home.....
The day before she had to help get the horses ready, that was an all day affair as well....
It was a beautiful day, not too hot...and the sun came out....
Hope your weekend was a good one!
Nancy

1 comment:

Marina PĂ©rez said...

What a wonderful parade! We also have one here in Jerez in September, But our horses are different.

Marina