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Festival of Whales Magical Migration Parade CANCELLED

  • Date: 03/02/2019 10:00 AM - 11:30 PM

Festival of Whales Update: After speaking with the National Weather Service about the weather forecast for this week, the Festival of Whales Parade that was scheduled to take place Saturday morning has been canceled. Activities over the next two weekends celebrating the 48th migration of gray whales will continue. Check the for updated event information. 


The Festival of Whales Parade kicks off the two weekend celebration of the California Grey Whale migration. The parade embraces the Festival’s theme of Magical Migration with parade floats and entries decorating in an ocean/whale theme and costumes. Giant helium parade balloons of a Blue Whale, Orca and many other sea life creatures fill the air over head during the parade. The parade promptly begins at 10 AM with a route along Pacific Coast Highway beginning at Selva Road and ending at Golden Lantern in Dana Point, approximately 1 mile. FREE shuttle service to and from Harbor parking lots to the parade viewing area will be available beginning one hour (9 AM) from the parade start time. Come early and enjoy breakfast in the harbor before catching a shuttle to the parade viewing area.

If you are interested in having an entry in the parade, please contact Sherry Murphy, Recreation Manager at the City of Dana Point (949) 248-3533 or

If you have any questions please call the Recreation Department at (949) 248-3536.


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