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Dancers spend thousands of dollars on fiesta costumes they help design

Dancers spend big and help design...

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - Old Spanish Days is known for colorful costumes,

Some dancers have to spend money on more than one.

Sofia Chicote said she helped design her solo outfit with help from her instructor.

The dancers love dresses that are one-of-a-kind, but they come at a price.

The dancers said they spend about $400.00 per costume and they usually need two.

The Spirit and Junior Spirit need several outfits to perform solo during a number of Old Spanish Days events.

El presidentes spend plenty of money, too.

Rudy Castillo can still fit into his fiesta suit. The 1976, El Presidente bought his  suit in Tijuana for about $350.00.

Castillo said mariachi style suits cost about $1500.00 to $2,000.00 today,



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