■ The Ramona Bowl
On March 24, the Ramona Pageant participated in the Swallows Day Parade in downtown San Juan Capistrano. 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.
The fiesta lasts three months. The San Juan Capistrano Fiesta Association puts on the parade as well as the following fundraising and community activities: Taste of San Juan, Kids Pet Parade, El Presidenté Ball, the infamous Hoosegow Day round-up, and the Fiesta Grande, which includes the Hairiest Man & Soiled Dove Contests, all culminating with the Swallows Day Parade and The Mercado.
The Ramona Pageant sent the Red Tail Spirit Dancers, the Spanish Dancers, and leads Alessandro (Joseph Valdez) and Ramona (Kayla Contreras). Of course, the Ramona Cowboys rode the route.
The Ramona Pageant kicked off the celebration of its 95th season by appearing in the Rose Parade.
When asked if the Ramona Pageant would like to appear in the Swallows Day Parade, the Ramona Bowl readily agreed. After the parade, Artistic Director Dennis Anderson said they loved the experience and hope to participate every year.
Tickets are available now for this season’s performances of “Ramona”: April 21 and 22, April 28 and 29, and May 5 and 6. All performances start at 3:30 p.m. Gates open at 1:30 p.m.
Ticket Prices: lower level is $32 for all ages, $20 for locals; upper level is $32 for adults, $29 for seniors 62 and up, and $19 for children 12 and under; shaded box seats are $47 for all ages.
Get tickets online at www.ramonabowl.com or by calling the box office at 951-658-3111 ext. 103.