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6 festivals that celebrate animals

By: Mary Jo DiLonardo on Aug. 10, 2016, 7:32 a.m.
gray whale in Dana Point, California

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Dana Point Festival of Whales

For two weekends each March, the town of Dana Point, California, celebrates gray whales as they make their annual migration from the Arctic down the West Coast to Baja, Mexico. The Festival of Whales includes a parade with whale-themed floats, whale-watching excursions and environmental activities, as well as sand sculpting, crafts and concerts. Although the whales' trip actually starts in November, the spring festival is timed around when the 35-ton creatures are most likely to swim through the seaside community, making it a prime viewing experience for awestruck whale fans.