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Hoos’gow Day!

In honor of Hoos’gow Day today, we are re-running a previous article about this unique San Juan Capistrano tradition. Enjoy!

Watch yourselves if you are out and about on the streets of San Juan Capistrano today! Today is Hoosegow Day, one of the wildest and most unique annual traditions in Southern California. On this day, [...]

Boston Can Have St. Patrick’s Day: San Juan Capistrano is Ready to Fiesta with St. Joseph!

Boston Can Have St. Patrick’s Day: San Juan Capistrano is Ready to Fiesta with St. Joseph! Are you ready for all of the festivities planned for San Juan Capistrano this week? The events are planned by the San Juan Capistrano Fiesta Association, “an all-volunteer organization that manages and produces the annual Swallows Day Parade and [...]

The Fiesta Association Gets Their Man

In the current political climate, some might call this a risky move. But Mayor Allevato was up for the traditional “hangin’” at the hands of the Fiesta Association. Video shared courtesy of the Capistrano Dispatch. Direct link here.



Post by The Capistrano Dispatch. [...]

Photos of the Kids Pet Parade at the Capistrano Dispatch

The Capistrano Dispatch has a great article and slideshow from Sunday’s Fiesta Association’s Kids Pet Parade at Los Rios Park.

Taste of San Juan Tonight!

San Juan Capistrano Fiesta Association’s Kids Pet Parade Returns to Historic Los Rios District

Mark your calendars for more fun from the Fiesta Association. Below is the press release:

San Juan Capistrano Fiesta Association’s Kids Pet Parade Returns to Historic Los Rios District

San Juan Capistrano, Calif. – The San Juan Capistrano Fiesta Association presents its annual Kids Pet Parade on Sunday, February 23 at [...]

Fiesta Association Membership Mixer and 2014 Calendar of Events

Below is a press release that we received from the Fiesta Association, announcing its annual membership drive and member mixer scheduled for January 17th at San Juan Hills Golf Club. At the bottom of the announcement is the schedule for the Fiesta Association’s 2014 calendar of events. The Fiesta Association is the organization responsible for [...]

Fiesta Association to Select Next Swallows Day Parade Grand Marshal

Apparently the Fiesta Association is meeting to select the Grand Marshal of this year’s Swallows Day Parade. The nominees include former Orange County Sheriff and open space advocate Brad Gates, restauranteurs Ricardo and Rosa Beas of Ricardo’s Place and the man who puts the “bee” in bikes, Jimmy Curwood of Buy My Bikes. Other nominees [...]

In Memory of “Sheriff Chris” Phillips

Our condolences to the family and friends of “Sheriff Chris” Phillips on his passing. Chris Phillips was an active member of the Fiesta Association and one of the most recognizable faces during the month-long festivities celebrating the return of the Swallows to San Juan Capistrano, particularly in his role as the “Hanging Judge” during the [...]

Congratulations to the Fiesta Association

We would like to congratulate the Fiesta Association and the City of San Juan Capistrano for putting on another great Swallows Day Parade and Mercado! The Patch has a photo essay here.