December 31, 2014
The Old Spanish Days Fiesta of Santa Barbara entry in the 2015 Tournament of Roses Parade recreated an historic wedding party. It features a carriage pulled by four Belgian draft horses (17.5 hands high!), bride and groom on a horse, the parents of the bride on horses, and her friends dancing alongside the carriage.
Old Spanish Days Fiesta in Santa Barbara is an annual 5-day festival that celebrates the spirit of the Rancho Period of California in the nineteenth century. We highlight the Californios’ extraordinary horsemanship, renowned hospitality and love of dance.
The Old Spanish Days entry recreated the most famous wedding in all of California history. This was the wedding of Anita de la Guerra of Santa Barbara to Boston hides trader Alfred Robinson. This wedding was chronicled in Richard Henry Dana’s book “Two Years Before the Mast.” Old Spanish Days reenacted this wedding party traveling from the Old Mission in Santa Barbara to the reception at Casa de la Guerra.
The early California weddings were a charming sight — the best horses were bedecked with flowers and decorations, and guests were beautifully attired. As seen here, it was the custom for the bride and groom to ride together.
In the Carriage
, El Presidente 2015
Dr. Kathleen McClintock, DDS
, La Primera Dama 2015, wife of Cas Stimson
, First Vice Presidente of Old Spanish Days
, La Presidenta 1995 and Native Daughter of the Golden West
, OSD Director and California Historian and Author
,OSD Director and master float builder and decorator
, Master float builder and decorator
Father Larry Gosselin, OFM, Assistant Pastor of Old Mission Santa Barbara and Old Spanish Days Chaplain
Natalie and Kevin Goodwin
, portraying the bride and groom Anita de la Guerra and Alfred Robinson
Dale Obern Hoefflinger
, portraying the Mother of the Bride
, 2014 El Presidente portraying the father of the bride and great-great grandson of the original father of the bride (Jose de le Guerra). He is riding on a saddle handmade by his grandfather, which is decorated with nearly 2000 pieces of silver.
Daniela Zermeño Spirit of Fiesta 2009
Erika Martin Del Campo Spirit of Fiesta 2010
Sabrina Ibarra Spirit of Fiesta 2012
Corrie Jimenez Spirit of Fiesta 2013
Talia Ortega Vestal Spirit of Fiesta 2014
Photos by Fritz Olenberger Photography
This entry was made possible by the generous underwriting of Union Bank