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OLD SPANISH DAYS
Old Spanish Days Fiesta
Celebrates a Century!
Pictured above: Old
Spanish Days Spirit
of Fiesta 2023 Jack
Harwood performing
at Las Noches de
Ronda at the Santa
Barbara County
Courthouse. Inset:
Dancer performing at
La Fiesta Pequeña.
SANTA BARBARA will gather
to witness vibrant traditions the
first week of August 2024 as it celebrates
the 100th Anniversary of Old
Spanish Days Fiesta, a commemoration
of the city's rich Spanish and
Mexican heritage.
Initiated in 1924, Old Spanish Days
Fiesta was a creative confluence
aiming to attract
summer
tourists
and inaugurate the reopening
of the historic Lobero Theatre. The
original organizing committee,
led
by Charles E. Pressley and city manager
Herbert Nunn, orchestrated an
array of historical parades, rodeos,
and musical events, painting the
town in the lively shades of its multifaceted
past.
The historical parade,
carefully
curated by Dwight Murphy, has
been a cornerstone. Now one of the
nation's largest equestrian parades,
featuring over 600 horses, as well as
many antique carriages, coaches,
and wagons has evolved, blending
modern elements with traditional
reflections of historical significance.
La Fiesta Pequeña, commencing at
the hallowed grounds of the Old
Mission Santa Barbara since 1926,
intertwines ecclesiastical celebrations
with festive beginnings.
Another spiritual tradition, La Misa
del Presidente, stands as a symbol of
unity, welcoming people of all faiths
to partake in a solemn high mass,
epitomizing shared cultural heritage.
El Mercado, an incarnation of traditional
Spanish and Mexican marketplaces,
has been the lively core
of Fiesta. El Mercado has become
a symbol of authentic cultural convergence,
with booths often run
by local non-profit organizations,
channeling proceeds to charitable
endeavors.
Noches de Ronda, originating in 1922,
has blossomed into a spectacular
showcase of music and dance
at the Santa Barbara County
Courthouse, enrapturing audiences
with the traditional melodies and
dances of California.
The 100th Anniversary of Old
Spanish Days Fiesta in August 2024
promises a harmonious blend of the
past and present, enabling residents
and visitors to immerse themselves
in the enduring traditions and cultural
richness of Santa Barbara. The
rhythmic celebration echoes a century-long
commitment to heritage
preservation, ensuring the continuity
of Santa Barbara's cultural legacies
for generations to come.
For more information visit sbfiesta.org
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