Images from the rodeo event at Earl Warren Showgrounds during Old Spanish Days Fiesta. (Photo: Fritz Olenberger, courtesy of Old Spanish Days)
It's another one for the history books. The 2018 Old Spanish Days Historical Parade has come and gone but it has left an imprint of joy on everyone that attended or watched the parade. Here are some images from the event.
Old Spanish Days is in full swing in Santa Barbara after officially kicking off the festivities with Fiesta Pequena at the Old Mission Santa Barbara on Wednesday, August 1, 2018.
For the first time, Old Spanish Days presented its first Media Legacy Award to four iconic individuals involved in TV, radio and print media, which included KEYT's John Palminteri, Jose Fierros from Radio Bronco, a Spanish-language radio station in Santa Barbara, Barney Brantingham from the Santa Barbara Independent, and Craig Case from the "Inn Crowd."
The 2018 Recepcion del Presidente, considered by some to be the unofficial kick-off to Fiesta, was held at the newly renamed Hilton Santa Barbara Beachfront Resort. It featured performances from the Linda Vega Studio, 2018 Spirit of Fiesta Jesalyn Contreras-McCollum, and 2018 Jr. Spirit Georgey Taupin.
The Flower Girls were established to provide young ladies the opportunity to continue to participate in Fiesta after they had outgrown the children's Parade.
Fiesta del Museo is an annual fundraiser for the Santa Barbara Historical Museum and presents live music, sit-down dinner, and performances from the Spirit and Junior Spirit of Fiesta, as well as others.
Firefighters mounted an aggressive attack against the Cruces Fire burning just north of Gaviota State Beach in south Santa Barbara County.
The 2018 Amgen tour took a detour down Coast Village Road due to the damage caused by the January mudslide along Highway 192.
The Santa Barbara Zoo's Masai giraffe Audrey gave zoo staff an early surprise -- birthed a female calf. The calf was not expected for several more weeks but on Wednesday, March 14, 2018, at about 3 p.m. it was born. The calf had its first medical exam on Thursday. It weighs approximately 180 pounds and is 6-feet 1-inches tall.
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Construction is complete on a unique home on the Central Coast. The house, nestled in the foothills of Santa Barbara, is made out of shipping containers.
Archeologists have unearthed a perfectly intact 300-pound plaster Egyptian sphinx at the Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes -- part of Cecil B. DeMille's 95-year-old movie set.
The 2017 KCOY Turkey Drive was held Thursday, November 16 throughout San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara Counties. Local donors and organizations helped KCOY Central Coast News raise thousands of dollars and collect hundreds of turkeys to help feed the less fortunate this Thanksgiving.
Dogs and their owner were on display at the HOWL-O-Ween Dog Costume Contest at the Ventura Harbor Village on Saturday.
Fire crews battling the Rucker Fire burning in the Lompoc area.
A quick-hitting storm system rolled through Santa Barbara overturning boats, leaving flooded roadways and power lines knocked down.
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Thank you to all who submitted their wonderful Fiesta photos for 2017 Old Spanish Days. Here are this year's entries.
An annual event of colorful delight, El Desfile de los Ninos (Children's Parade) takes place along State Street every year during Old Spanish Days. Children and their parents dress in traditional costumes and celebrate the spirit of Fiesta. The free event is organized by the Santa Barbara City Parks and Recreation Department.
Las Noches de Ronda (Nights of Gaiety) is held every year at the Santa Barbara County Courthouse Sunken Gardens during Old Spanish Days and features evening performances that include flamenco from Spain and folkloric dancing from Mexico. Over 200 performers entertain the public in this free event.
The 93rd Desfile Historico. The parade is unique to Santa Barbara and is often referred to as one of the nation's largest equestrian parades. El Desfile Historico during Old Spanish Days features over 600 horses, as well as many antique carriages, coaches, and wagons. The Spirit of Fiesta always leads the parade. The Historical Parade starts at the west end of Cabrillo Boulevard and proceeds up State Street.
The high octane action of professional bull riding comes to the Earl Warren Showgrounds during Old Spanish Days. The Showgrounds is the setting for the only PBR event in Santa Barbara County where brave cowboys risk it all against monstrous animal athletes that weigh as much as 2,000 pounds.
Celebracion de los Dignatarios offers guests food from the Central Coast's finest eateries and drinks from many local breweries and wineries. The celebration takes place at the Santa Barbara Zoo during Old Spanish Days with a performance from the Spirit of Fiesta.
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