This past Saturday, San Juan Capistrano hosted its 58th annual Swallows Day Parade. Breakthrough SJC students and staff came together in true Breakthrough spirit to march and show the community what we are all about. The parade celebrates the return of the swallows to the San Juan Capistrano Mission. Thousands of people gathered to watch the parade, one of the largest non-motorized parades in the country.

The theme of this year’s parade was “Soaring with Swallows.” Subsequently, Breakthrough SJC’s theme was “Soaring to College.” Students met bright and early before the parade to get their faces painted with their future college logos and to practice cheers which they learned from the Breakthrough summer program. The mission bells rang out at 11:00 a.m. and signaled the start of the parade. According to eighth grade student Daniela Flores, “My favorite part was painting the college logos on our faces because it showed that Breakthrough students are always thinking about going to college in the future.”

The enthusiasm of the crowd and the students marching was overwhelming. Thank you to the San Juan Capistrano Fiesta Association for organizing and presenting the Swallows Day Parade and for inviting Breakthrough SJC to participate.


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