The Historical Parade (El Desfile Histórico)

Friday, August 04, 2023 from 12:00 PM to 02:00 PM

The Fiesta Historical Parade is unique to Santa Barbara and features floats depicting episodes from the history of the state and city. Descendants of local Native Americans, Spanish Pioneers, the Native Sons and Daughters of the Golden West, and local service clubs and organizations all reenact historical scenes. It is one of the nation’s largest equestrian parades, featuring over 600 horses, as well as many antique carriages, coaches, and wagons. The parade starts at the west end of Cabrillo Boulevard, proceeds east along the beach to Calle Cesar Chavez, then back down Cabrillo. 

Viewing the Parade is free. Seats can be set up ahead of time along Cabrillo Boulevard from Castillo Street to Calle Puerto Vallarta (Santa Barbara Chromatic Gate).  Old Spanish Days provides a section of shaded, guaranteed seating along Cabrillo Boulevard.