Festival of Whales Parade, Street Fair Cancelled

High winds, chance of thunderstorms lead city, chamber and Harbor to cancel certain events

With rain, high winds and possible thunderstorms in the forecast the city has cancelled the Dana Point Festival of Whales Parade originally set for tomorrow. File photo

With rain, high winds and possible thunderstorms in the forecast the city has cancelled the Dana Point Festival of Whales Parade originally set for tomorrow. File photo

By Andrea Papagianis, Updated 2/28/2014 at 3:19 p.m.

Due to inclement weather and citing public safety, the 43rd annual Dana Point Festival of Whales Parade and Street Fair have been cancelled, city officials confirmed.

In consultation with the Dana Point Chamber of Commerce and OC Dana Point Harbor, the city of Dana Point made its decision after vendors and parade participants pulled out of the events, said Brad Fowler, the city’s director of public works and engineering.

Both events were scheduled for Saturday, March 1.

“We will not be rescheduling,” said chamber Executive Director Heather Johnston. “We looked at the other events throughout the festival and don’t want to displace anyone.”

Johnston said the street fair and parade go hand-in-hand, so continuing on with just one wouldn’t have made sense.

An outdoor showing of Finding Nemo at Lantern Bay Park has been relocated to the Dana Point Community Center, located at 34052 Del Obispo St. The event starts at 6 p.m.

On Saturday, the Dana Point Fine Arts Association show and sale has been cancelled, as has the SoCal Woodies car show, festival organizer Penny Elia confirmed. Aside from that, most other events are a go, she said.

“We are carrying on,” Elia said. “The city has chosen to cancel the parade and street fair, but we are going to enjoy the rain for now at least. We will carry on.”

According to the National Weather Service, today’s showers will continue into tomorrow with the possibility of heavy rainfall and thunderstorms. Highs will be in the low-60s with winds ranging between 5 to 10 mph. Sunday’s outlook shows a 30 percent chance of showers with cloudy skies and highs in the 60s, according to the NWS weekend forecast.

As of now, all other planned events this weekend are a go. Stay with us for updates.

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3 Responses to “Festival of Whales Parade, Street Fair Cancelled”

  1. patti waterman
    February 28, 2014 at 10:14 pm #

    Festival of the Whales has been canceled! Yes, we’re bummed ’cause we had a booth there, but I’ve got an idea! How everyone come to The Ceramics Studio??
    We will be serving cookies, juice and organic coffee to keep you warm and cheery while you and the kids paint pottery and/or play with clay! We will be offering Potter’s Wheel Throwing Trials for only $8!
    a perfect thing to do on a stormy day!
    Time: 10am to 7pm
    Where: 31878 Del Obispo St #106, San Juan Capistrano, California 92675
    (949) 412-9241

  2. patti waterman
    February 28, 2014 at 10:19 pm #

    CORRECTION
    Yes, we’re bummed ’cause we had a booth there, but I’ve got an idea! How about everyone come to The Ceramics Studio??
    We will be serving cookies, Martinelli’s apple cider and organic coffee to keep you warm and cheery while you and the kids paint pottery and/or play with clay! We will be offering Potter’s Wheel Throwing Trials for only $8!
    a perfect thing to do on a stormy day!
    Time: 10am to 7pm
    Where: 31878 Del Obispo St #106, San Juan Capistrano, California 92675
    (949) 412-9241

  3. Jeff Lebowski
    March 1, 2014 at 9:49 am #

    It’s not you……….it’s me!

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