Father Larry Gosselin named Grand Marshal of Reimaged 2020 Fiesta Parade

Posted Jul 30, 2020

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.”

Each year since the 1930’s, the El Presidente or La Presidenta of Fiesta chooses a Grand Marshal of El Desfile Historico Parade (the Historic Parade). Continuing this long-standing tradition, El Presidente Erik Davis has selected Father Larry.

“I chose Father Larry as the Grand Marshal because of his positive attitude and the way he always strives to unite us in love and friendship — something we need now more than ever,” said El Presidente Erik Davis. “Anyone who knows Father Larry knows of his kindness, joyfulness and dedication to serving all people in the Santa Barbara community.”

Father Larry Gosselin named Grand Marshal  of Reimaged 2020 Fiesta Parade

“It is my great hope and sincere aspiration, in being asked to serve as Grand Marshal of the Fiesta Parade, that I might be able to tap into the great inspiration of the late and great Fr. Virgil, with all that he brought and left to this community, and to bring some of his spirit into our celebration and call of unity for all people,” said Father Larry.

Father Larry Gosselin, O.F.M. is a Franciscan Priest of the Province of Saint Barbara, he is a native of Washington State, but a friar of the world. He has been serving at the Old Mission of Santa Barbara since 2013 and has emceed La Fiesta Pequeña, the official opening of Fiesta, on the steps of the Old Mission Santa Barbara for the last 9 years.

Old Spanish Days in Santa Barbara, Inc. is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit corporation dedicated to honoring and preserving Santa Barbara’s history, spirit, culture, heritage and traditions.  Putting the health and safety of the community first, Fiesta 2020 has been reimagined and will hold many of its signature events online, on television or in ways that adhere to physical distancing practices, all while promoting and encouraging community-wide participation.  

The theme of this year’s Fiesta is “¡Vamos a Bailar!”, in English, “Let’s Dance!”. 

More information about Fiesta 2020 can be found at www.sbfiesta.org