Old Spanish Days – Fiesta

Santa Barbara, CA. July 31 - August 4, 2024

El Desfile de los Niños (Children's Parade)

The charming Children's Parade is a favorite fiesta event. Young people of Santa Barbara, their parents, and other parade participants don traditional costumes and celebrate the rich culture of the area. The parade proceeds on Cabrillo Boulevard from Garden Street to Calle Puerto Vallarta. A must see! For this years time, date and location see Fiesta Calendar of Events

Getting Involved

The parade is organized by the Parks and Recreation Department and serves more than 2,500 children and their families each August. In addition, more than 40,000 spectators line the parade route to view the parade. 

An entry can be one family of three, a family of siblings and all the cousins, an entire neighborhood or special clubs/groups. Families entering for the first time are joined by families who are 10th or more generation parade participants. At the parade’s conclusion, all participants receive free ice cream. 

To participate in the parade, visit the Parks and Recreation website page, and fill out the online application, or call (805) 897-2652 or email [email protected] for more information.

All entries must be received no later than Friday, July 7, 2023.

Ice cream for Parade participants is sponsored by MarBorg Industries.