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Old Spanish Days wraps up after 5 days in Santa Barbara

It is the 95th annual event
Posted: 9:37 PM, Aug 04, 2019
Updated: 2019-08-05 00:37:54-04
Old Spanish Days Fiesta kicks of in Santa Barbara

The 95th annual Old Spanish Days wrapped up five days of fun-filled events on Sunday in Santa Barbara.

The festivities included colorful parades, food, art, music, dancing, singing and much more. The events are a celebration of Santa Barbara's heritage, attracting large crowds of locals and visitors from across the country.

Santa Barbara celebrates Old Spanish Days Fiesta

The official opening of Old Spanish Days Wednesday night drew thousands of spectators to watch performers on the steps of the historic mission, which was founded in 1786.

The La Fiesta Pequena as it is called, has been a mainstay since 1927, it includes traditional dancing and songs.

The Thursday highlight for many was the start of the Fiesta Stock Horse Show & Rodeo at the Earl Warren Showgrounds.

The four-day rodeo includes steer wrestling, tie-down roping, team roping, barrel racing, bull riding, kids mutton bustin' and more.

On Friday, the Historial Parade called El Desfile Historico traveled from Pershing Park to State Street, and up State Street to Sola Street.

It featured more than 600 horses, antique carriages, wagons and floats. Organizers say it is one of the biggest equestrian parades in the nation.

Old Spanish Days. Photo courtesy: OldSpanishDay-Fiesta.org
Old Spanish Days. Photo courtesy: OldSpanishDay-Fiesta.org

The annual children’s parade, El Desfile De Los Ninos, was the big hit on Saturday as thousands in brightly colored costumes participated in the procession down State Street.

The annual car show and symphony performance wrapped the 5-days of events on Sunday.