dana_point_whales_parade_2013As part of the many festivities coming to Dana Point to celebrate the Annual Festival of Whales in its 42nd edition, the Whales Parades is set for this Saturday March 2nd 2013.

The Parade begins promptly at 10 AM with a route along Pacific Coast Highway from Selva Road to Golden Lantern in Dana Point.  FREE shuttle service to and from Harbor parking lots will be available beginning one hour (9 AM) from the parade start time.  Arrive early, enjoy breakfast harbor side, board the free shuttle and then spend the day visiting all the great events located throughout the Harbor and La Plaza Park.

La Plaza Park ( corner of PCH and Golden Lantern), will have many vendors with food, arts and crafts, activities for the kids, and the fun doesn't end here! Here's a couple of other activities going on the same day:

So Cal Woodies 12 Noon – 4 PM: The best of the best will be on display from the official Southern California Chapter of the National Woodie Club.  Immediately following the Festival parade So Cal Woodies will cruise down from the parade to the grassy areas along the Harbor walkway. Stroll along the Harbor walkway and enjoy this one-of-a-kind display! 

Movie in the Park- Join us for a special showing of the original 1963 box office hit, Flipper (PG) – the movie that inspired the TV series. Presented by the City of Dana Point Community Services and Parks Department and County of Orange. FREE popcorn, hot beverages and snacks will be available. Bring your lawn chairs, blankets and picnic dinner and enjoy this family friendly movie that will begin at approximately 6:30 pm (dusk) at the Dana Point Harbor, by Baby Beach: 34451 Ensenado Place, Dana Point, California 92629


Note that the PCH, from Selva to Golden Lantern Street, will be closed during the Parade, so plan alternative routes.  Parade entrants are encouraged to embrace the Festival’s theme of Magical Migration when designing parade floats and costumes. Awards will be given to the Best Display of Parade Theme, Best Musical Unit, Best Youth Group, Best Group Spirit and Best Local Entry.Other information:

Other information:

  • Parade entry applications are due no later than end of business day Friday, February 15, 2013.
  • For inquiries about giant balloon sponsorships and other parade questions, please contact Sherry Murphy at the City of Dana Point
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