"The Romance of San Juan Capistrano" will be the theme of the 36th annual Fiesta de las Golondrinas Parade today, but "bigger and better" also will describe this year's celebration of the swallows, say parade organizers.
With the naming of Teeter Romero, a lifelong resident of San Juan Capistrano and a member of the Juaneno Native American tribe, as parade grand marshal, organizers say the tribe will be turning out in large numbers.
There will be 214 entries in the parade, the largest number of participants in the 36-year history of the country's biggest non-motorized parade, parade Chairman Mike Rosenberger said.
Thirteen marching bands will be joining the vast collection of horses, vaqueros, wagons and carts, also a parade record.
The parade starts at 11 a.m. and runs along Camino Capistrano from Del Obispo Street, past the Mission San Juan Capistrano.