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Return of the swallows

The koi in the pond in at Mission San Juan Capistrano swim animatedly during Monday’s Return of the Swallows celebration, but the elusive birds are conspicuously absent. (Mark Boster / LAT)
Filiberto Ramirez and Jose Louis Yanez of the Mariachi Espuelas de Mexico perform in the courtyard at Mission San Juan Capistrano. (Mark Boster / LAT)
Students from the Mission Parish School perform traditional dances on St. Joseph’s Day, when, by tradition, swallows are said to return to San Juan Capistrano from Goya, Argentina. (Mark Boster / LAT)
Kevin Hirose, center, leads first graders from the Mission Parish School to the stage, where they performed a swallows dance. More information on the swallows of San Juan Capistrano. (Mark Boster / LAT)
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