Old Spanish Days FiestaDate: Wed, August 1st 2012 - Sun, August 5th 2012
Additional Time Info: Various Times
External Link: Event Website
2012 Theme: Viva la Familia
El Desfile Histórico (Historical Parade): Friday, August 3rd at Noon. The parade starts at the west end of Cabrillo Boulevard, proceeds east along the beach, to State Street, then up State Street to Sola Street.
82nd Annual El Desfile De Los Niños (Children's Parade): Saturday, August 4th at 10:00am. Parade proceeds down State Street, from Victoria Street to Ortega Street.
Old Spanish Days Fiesta is a Santa Barbara tradition that has continued for over 80 years for a number of important reasons. It fosters a unique spirit among locals who participate; it is an important coming together which encourages community cooperation, collaboration, and growth. The festival has grown due to the overwhelming interest of so many different organizations to develop and maintain it as an extension and expression of their place in the community.
The annual event provides an education to residents and visitors about the history, customs, and traditions of the American Indian, Spanish, Mexican, and early American settlers that comprise the rich cultural heritage of Santa Barbara. Old Spanish Days Fiesta is not only a unique forum for the cultural expression of our diversity, but it also provides a vehicle for the non-profit and community service groups to raise funds for local charities and social service organizations. The event annually draws thousands of visitors from around the world who contribute to the local economy.
Old Spanish Days Fiesta has grown in stature and reputation to become one of the five best regional festivals in the United States. Fiesta performers come from around the nation and Mexico to participate. Celebrities of international renown who have participated or performed in Fiesta include Leo Carrillo, Will Rogers, Shirley Temple, Charles Lindberg, William Randolph Hearst, Don Wilson, Paul Whitman, and Delores Del Rio.
For a complete list of Fiesta events, visit Old Spanish Days.