Friday, March 21, 2014
9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
The Streets of Downtown San Juan
Hoosegow Day is a
San Juan tradition! Bringing a taste of the Wild, Wild, West back to San Juan
Capistrano. The 'Sheriff' and the 'Deputies' of the Fiesta Association are
dressed in their traditional black and white western garb while they roam the
town in search of city slickers. If you're not wearing western wear, watch out!
You might just be roped into the fun! The Deputies will 'arrest' anyone not
dressed in western attire (and some who are, but just look like they need time
in the Hoosegow), or any man who is clean-shaven.
However, the rules
often change to suit the sheriff and his over-zealous deputies, who are out to
fill the jail. There's plenty of wild western `whooping and hollering' going on
as our gunslingers fill the streets, shooting in celebration. (Don't worry; our
'gunslingers' are all friendly, OC Sheriff approved, and only shooting blanks).
The penalty for noncompliance is being thrown into the Hoosegow. Jail sentences
are short for those who can make 'bail' by purchasing a Fiesta Association
souvenir. 'Bail' money is used to help defray the costs of the parade.
information call (949) 493-1976.