The first Friday of December marks the celebration the Festivities Patronales of San Francisco Javier. This festivities begins with a traditional cavalcade on December 1st, starting at the Mission of Our Lady of Loreto, and concluding at the Mission of San Javier. The celebration is in honor of the patron Saint and includes many participants on horesback with the sounds of traditional Mexican music playing in the background.
There are usually about 150 riders who make the rendez-vous in front of the Mission of Our Lady of Loreto, mounted on their horses, amongst the excitement and anticipation of the 30 km journey to come. An exhibition of horses dancing before the cavalcade adds to the spectacle.
The procession begins at eight o'clock in the morning and the first stop is at kilometer 7 for breakfast and a rest for the horses. The journey continues on to "Rancho Viejo" where the participants, organizers, and officials will continue the festivities and spend the night. The journey continues the following morning with the cavalcade arriving in front of the Mission San Javier in the early afternoon.
The event also features artistic, cultural, and recreational activities including: rodeo, jaripeo, horse races, cockfights, and others. Visitors come from all over Baja California as it has become a favored tradition, where people enjoy the music, culture, and history of the town.
Visitors spending the night in San Javier are treated to an unparalleled spectacle as the stars and melodies of nature unfold. Visitors are also treated to the fares of local merchants famous for local cuisine - especially sweets!