March 23, 2018 Friday
9 A.M. to 4 P.M.
Location: The Streets of Downtown San Juan Capistrano
Hoos’Gow Day is a San Juan tradition! Bringing a taste of the 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 Hoos’Gow), 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 are only shooting blanks). The penalty for noncompliance is being thrown into the Hoos’Gow. Jail sentences are short for those who can make “bail” by simply purchasing a Fiesta Association souvenir. “Bail” money is used to help defray the costs of the parade. For more information call (949) 493-1976.
Contact the San Juan Capistrano Fiesta Association for fun Hoos’Gow Day Sponsorship opportunities.