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Santa Barbara Children's Fiesta Parade delights Old Spanish Days crowds

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - The annual Children's Fiesta Parade (El Desfile de los Ninos) celebrated its 87th year on Saturday.

Children and their families took over downtown Santa Barbara dressed in their Old Spanish Days finest.

They danced, walked and even strolled down State Street from Victoria to Ortega Streets, waving to the massive and appreciative crowd.

The Parks and Recreation Department organizes the event which is attended by tens of thousands of people each year.

This year, there were more than 100 entries and 3,000 children and adults participating in the parade.

"It's tradition. It's one of the best parts of Fiesta and we love putting it on," said recreation manager Judith McCaffrey.

It's also become a tradition for Santa Barbara resident Tim Deakyne and his children. His son Willie has ridden on a Fiesta rocking horse for three years in a row. "We are hoping it lasts many generations," Deakyne said.

The Children's Fiesta Parade is funded by the Wood-Claeyssens Foundation. Children are treated to ice cream afterwards which is provided by Marborg Industries.


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