Former Mayor Harkey Welcomes Whales Back to Dana Point

44th Annual Dana Point Festival of Whales March 7-8 & 14-15 2015

Last weekend was the beginning of the 44th Annual Dana Point Festival of Whales, with thousands of people coming out to take part in the parade and festivities. Every March hundreds of California Gray Whales make their way past Dana Point during their migration to Baja, making for one of the best opportunities to catch a glimpse of these majestic creatures.

Board Member Harkey previously served as the Mayor of Dana Point and has been a strong supporter of the Festival of Whales for many years. The festival itself is one of the largest seafaring celebrations in Southern California and draws nearly 100,000 visitors and whale enthusiasts throughout the world. Orange County’s local elected officials were out and about last weekend at the festival, with Assemblyman Bill Brough and Supervisor Lisa Bartlett participating in the parade and welcoming guests to Dana Point. Our brave men and women in uniform also participated in the parade with representatives from the Marine Corps, Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Dana Point 5th Marines group.

The Festival of Whales will conclude this weekend, the 14th and 15th. Join other families, and community leaders from throughout Southern California in celebrating one of the things that makes our state a great place to live. The festival wouldn’t be possible without the generous support from over 40 sponsors including the Dana Point Times, the County of Orange, Dana Point Harbor, SDG&E, Southern California Edison, and Capistrano Toyota. Special thanks to the Dana Point Parks and Recreation Department for another successful event.

For more information on the festival including a calendar of events, visit www.festivalofwhales.com.

BOE Member Diane L. Harkey waves to attendees at the Festival of Whales annual parade in Dana Point.
BOE Member Diane L. Harkey waves to attendees at the Festival of Whales annual parade in Dana Point

 

Scenes from the annual parade in Dana Point.
Scenes from the annual parade in Dana Point

 

From left: Paul “23” Shumate, Board Member Harkey and Dennis Mulvaney of the American Legion Chapter 281. The American Legion is America’s largest veteran’s service organization.
From left: Paul “23” Shumate, Board Member Harkey and Dennis Mulvaney of the American Legion Chapter 281. The American Legion is America’s largest veteran’s service organization.

 

From left: Board Member Harkey, Lieutenant Colonel Jeremiah J. Garcia, and Terry Rifkin of the Dana Point 5th Marines Regiment Support Group.
From left: Board Member Harkey, Lieutenant Colonel Jeremiah J. Garcia, and Terry Rifkin of the Dana Point 5th Marines Regiment Support Group.

 

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