Old Spanish Days Santa Barbara - Fiesta

El Presidente Thank you 2020

Posted Aug 10, 2020
El Presidente Thank you 2020

On behalf of the Board of Directors, I would like to personally thank all the amazing sponsors, volunteers, collaborative partners and the entire Santa Barbara community for helping to bring forward Fiesta joy during this challenging year.

My theme this year was “¡Vamos a Bailar!”, in English, “Let’s Dance!”. And as my good friend and Parade Grand Marshal Father Larry Gosselin so eloquently quoted during La Misa Del Presidente, “when you get the chance to sit it out or dance, I hope you dance”. And we did!  Because of the generosity, encouragement and support of our wonderful community we were able to bring forward dance, music and history in ways never seen before and in ways that took our magnificent festival beyond the Santa Barbara region.

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Father Larry Gosselin named Grand Marshal of Reimaged 2020 Fiesta Parade

Posted Jul 30, 2020
Father Larry Gosselin named Grand Marshal  of Reimaged 2020 Fiesta Parade

Long-time friend and supporter of Fiesta to carry on tradition

SANTA BARBARA, CA – July 29, 2020 – Organizers of Old Spanish Days in Santa Barbara have announced that Father Larry Gosselin, a long-time supporter and friend of Fiesta, has been named the Grand Marshal of the Reimagined 2020 Fiesta Caravan Parade.  The caravan parade will take place on Friday, August 7, starting at noon and will feature classic cars and decorated vehicles and will travel through Santa Barbara and Montecito neighborhoods bringing Fiesta joy as it passes. 

“This is a privileged honor that I accept with a very humble heart, but with immense gratitude and appreciation,” said Father Larry. “It’s an honor that I never could have imagined that I would be given, with all the highest respect, esteem, and admiration I have always held for the community of Santa Barbara.”

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2020 Old Spanish Days: Upcoming Fiesta Events

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