Prepping for the Parade

San Juan Capistrano resident Patti Schreiber contends she was the first person to stake out her spot along today's 1 ½-mile route.

It's her 10th year watching one of the largest non-motorized parades in the country, so she knew the best spot to watch would be just outside of the on Camino Capistrano.

Behind the bar, vendors selling bratwurst, tri tip, jewelry, sunglasses, hats, lemonade and other traditional street fair food set up for the Mercardo as early as 5:30 a.m. The Mercado opens at 9 a.m.—2 hours before the parade starts.


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