Former Mayor Joe Soto Named Swallows Day Parade Grand Marshal

The line-up for the annual tradition is shaping up.

Former mayor Joe Soto will be the grand marshal of the 2013 Swallows Day Parade.

The annual event that attracts spectators from near and far is scheduled for Saturday, March 23,2013.

The privately run Fiesta Association announced the pick for grand marshal Friday. Other dignitaries recently announced are

Jim and Pamela Schuler serving as Señor San Juan and Miss Fiesta

Julian Cereghino will serve as Jr. Señor San Juan and Julia Delamare as Jr. Miss Fiesta as the junior dignitaries from Mission Basilica School

According to the Fiesta Association, Soto has a long and rich heritage in of San Juan Capistrano and the Swallows Day Parade. He takes pride in having attended every parade, missing only one when away for his military service, states a Fiesta press release.

Soto, along with seven brothers and four sisters, grew up in the historic Los Rios District. He and his wife Carol of 36 years have three daughters and a son and recently became grandparents to their first grandchild.  

Soto served as mayor of San Juan Capistrano in 2004 and 2008. 

“When I think back as a young student attending the old Mission School and participating in the Swallows Day Celebrations, never in my wildest dreams did I ever imagine I’d someday be selected as the parade’s grand marshal,” Soto said in a statement. “I deeply embrace this honor and look forward to another great parade day in this beautiful valley.”

The grand marshals and dignitaries will ride among 120 parade entries featured in the 55thSwallows Day Parade in downtown San Juan Capistrano on Saturday, March 23, 2013.

For more information about the Swallows Day Parade or the San Juan Capistrano Fiesta Association, call 949.493.1976 or visit www.swallowsparade.org.

Whiskey Bent December 07, 2012 at 10:19 PM
Was Brad Gates not available?
Whophantom December 08, 2012 at 01:30 PM
Joe better start getting into shape, it's a lot of walking...LOL
Lon Uso December 08, 2012 at 08:52 PM
good one!!!
Janice Pickartz December 08, 2012 at 10:30 PM
where can someone send suggestions for 2014?
Penny Arévalo (Editor) December 08, 2012 at 10:34 PM
The Fiesta Associations website lists Steve Weekes as the contact, and his email is weekesrealtor@yahoo.com
Stephanie Frisch December 08, 2012 at 11:40 PM
Actually, the Grand Marshal rides in a horse drawn carriage
Lon Uso December 08, 2012 at 11:44 PM
anybody want to bet the Council isn't saving the $2500 bucks and walking?
Buy My Bikes December 09, 2012 at 12:03 AM
Congrats Joe! It is not that far to walk!! Bicycle Jim!!!! p.s. Great choice!
Mia Kici December 09, 2012 at 04:25 PM
Will Joe's wife be riding with him in the carriage?
Whiskey Bent December 09, 2012 at 06:43 PM
Interesting question...
Lon Uso December 09, 2012 at 06:51 PM
Actually a very strange question. do you know something we don't?
Stephanie Frisch December 10, 2012 at 03:22 AM
Lon, I really don't understand the aggression that you're showing towards the council. Why don't you hold back on the negativity? Do you feel like your comments are "adding" anything positive?
Lon Uso December 10, 2012 at 03:45 AM
So you call questioning the Council's commitment to be fiscally responsible aggressive? You must be so totally in the bag for the big 3.
Lon Uso December 10, 2012 at 11:39 PM
Here is something positive, I am positive that when constituents stop questioning the actions of elected officials they must be living in North Korea


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