2020 Spirit and Junior Spirit of Fiesta

The Spirit and Junior Spirit of Fiesta represent the charm and beauty of the culture of Old Spanish Days.

Santa Barbara has many local dance schools that instruct students in the multi-cultural dances of Spain, Mexico, and early California. Young performers dedicate countless hours preparing for this annual event and for an honor to represent Old Spanish Days as the “Spirit of Fiesta” and the “Junior Spirit of Fiesta.” The Spirit of Fiesta leads the annual parade in a traditional white dress and embodies the gaiety and vitality of Santa Barbara's annual summer festival. She has come to be the visual representation of Fiesta, a goodwill ambassador to local residents and visitors alike.

If your organization would like to request an appearance by the Spirit or Junior Spirit of Fiesta, please review the guidelines and submit a request form.  Due to health and safety concerns in 2020, all requests are subject to approval and must include precautions for social distancing. 

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2020 Spirit of Fiesta

2020 Spirit of Fiesta - Alena Velasco

Spirit of Fiesta Alena Velasco, 18, graduated from Lompoc High School in June. She was recently recognized for academic excellence for maintaining a 4.0 GPA for every semester of her high school career. Alena loves dancing, choreography, singing, and volunteering at local elementary schools and nursing homes. Alena is honored to represent the beautiful tradition of Fiesta and show others her passion. Love, faith, and hard work have gotten her to where she is today. As Spirit, she will demonstrate those qualities to others and hopes to inspire them to do the same and to know that no matter what stage of life they’re in, they can achieve any goal. She trains at the Garcia Dance Studio.

2020 Junior Spirit of Fiesta

2020 Junior Spirit of Fiesta- Alexandra Nocker

Junior Spirit of Fiesta Alexandra Nocker, 10, will be going into Fifth Grade at Vieja Valley Elementary School. Alexandra’s favorite subjects in school are math and social studies. Along with dancing flamenco, Alexandra enjoys surfing, playing the violin, and acting. She has received school awards for academics and citizenship and she also fundraises for Girls’ Inc. She attended her first fiesta when she was just six months old. Alexandra is honored to serve as the 2020 Jr. Spirit of Fiesta because participating in Fiesta brings me her so much joy and now she has the opportunity to share that joy with others in her hometown. Olé y Vamos a Bailar! She trains at the Zermeño Dance Academy. 

photos by Fritz Olenberger