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The 43rd annual Dana Point Festival of Whales got off to a soggy start, but rain didn’t deter runners or whale watchers, festival goers, participants or volunteers from making the best of the weather Sunday.

Rain fell hard Sunday morning, but cleared away as the day progressed with sunshine and warmth making its way in by the afternoon. And as the clouds cleared, kids flocked to the adventure expo for carnival games and inflatable rides with painted and smiling faces, sand enthusiasts worked their creative magic in the Whale of a Sand Sculpting Competition and festival goers perused green, environmentally-friendly exhibits at Ocean Awareness Day Expo.

Weekend two kicks off Friday, March 7 with a Dana Point Symphony performance aboard the Ocean Institute’s Brig Pilgrim. See the official event guide for a full list of events still to come or visit the Festival of Whales website.

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