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2015 Spirit of Fiesta Auditions Tickets Now On Sale!

March 23, 2015

Come and support and enjoy the hard work of some of the most talented young dancers in Santa Barbara County as they compete to become the 2015 Spirit and Junior Spirit of Fiesta! Your ticket also includes entry to Las Artistas Reception at El Paseo Restaurant, immediately following the auditions. Purchase your tickets online now!

Old Spanish Days Entry in the 2015 Tournament of Roses Parade!

December 31, 2014
TOR Front View
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.
TOR Couple
In the Carriage Cas Stimson, El Presidente 2015 Dr. Kathleen McClintock, DDS, La Primera Dama 2015, wife of Cas Stimson JC Gordon, First Vice Presidente of Old Spanish Days Ellen Harte, La Presidenta 1995 and Native Daughter of the Golden West Erin Graffy, OSD Director and California Historian and Author Donna Egeberg,OSD Director and master float builder and decorator Marc Martinez, Master float builder and decorator Father Larry Gosselin, OFM, Assistant Pastor of Old Mission Santa Barbara and Old Spanish Days Chaplain On Horseback 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 Dennis Rickard, 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. Dancers 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 Alexia Olivares Jocelyn Cardenas Alexandra Freres Ashley Guajardo Kristiana Segura-Hall Rear View TOR Photos by Fritz Olenberger Photography This entry was made possible by the generous underwriting of Union Bank
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