Proclamación Old Spanish Days 2019

Posted February 20, 2019

The heart and soul of any community are the people who give back to make it a better place.  So many people in our city give of themselves to make Old Spanish Days Fiesta happen each year. It is this participation that I believe makes Fiesta the best of all of Santa Barbara’s amazing festivals, and it is why we are celebrating our 95th year. 

Every year thousands partake in our annual celebration by giving the gift of their time to volunteer….  Whether you work behind the scenes at an event, spread joy as a Flower Girl, perform as a dancer or musician, ride in the parade, compete in the rodeo, or enjoy it all as a spectator, you bring the community – our community – to life. 

The varied events of Old Spanish Days Fiesta showcase the warmth, generosity, vivacity and sense of fun we as a community have to offer.  The numerous celebrations organized by our dedicated board of directors each year would not be possible without the enthusiastic participation of thousands of volunteers. This gift to the community provides an opportunity to remember and rejoice in our shared history and culture. 

My theme “Spirit of Community” was inspired by the way we come together in appreciation of our history and culture. It reflects the spirit of the people who work hard, enjoy life, good food, music, song and dance. Fiesta brings us all together and truly manifests the spirit of our community.

As a Santa Barbara native, former flower girl and forever volunteer, I am honored and privileged to be the Old Spanish Days 2019 La Presidenta. Please join me and the Old Spanish Days organization by celebrating Fiesta and preserving the Spirit of this special community of Santa Barbara.  Our tradition of mi casa es su casa is extended to all.

¡Viva la Fiesta!

Barbara Carroll
2019 La Presidenta