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Fiesta Postcard
updated: Feb 07, 2013, 11:38 AM

By Edhat Subscriber

Here is a shot of a Fiesta past. Does anyone know what year this might have been, or who any of the people on the float are?! Maybe someone's mom or dad?

Send this picture as a postcard

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 COMMENT 371860 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-07 11:50 AM

The U.S. flags have 48 stars, which dates the picture to pre-1959. My guess, based on the ladies' hairstyles, is mid-'50s.


 COMMENT 371871 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-07 12:15 PM

Photographer Robert Moline started in the mid-50's I believe. I'd put this photo in 1956.


 COMMENT 371872 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-07 12:16 PM

Contact the Old Spanish Days office!


 COMMENT 371925 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-07 01:56 PM

Very observant, REX


 COMMENT 371968 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-07 03:22 PM

That is my mother Patricia Ann Burke, she was Miss Santa Barbara 1957. Thank you for posting it!


 COMMENT 371987 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-07 03:53 PM

Fiesta...the one day every white person in SB pretends to be Spanish.


 COMMENT 372060 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-07 08:17 PM

Now that Miss Santa Barbara 1957's daughter mentions it, it occurs to me that there hasn't been a Miss Santa Barbara in a long, long time. Santa Maria has its Elks Queen and we have Saint Barbara for Old Spanish Daze, but who do we enter in the annual Miss California pageant? We will never have a Santa Barbaran as Miss America if we don't start at the ground level. Chamber of Commerce? Downtown Organization? City Recreation Department? Care to renew an old tradition?


 FLICKA agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-08 07:38 AM

DIRTYHARRY, you hit the nail on the head! I ride a horse in the parade every year, I'm not trying to be "Spanish", just having fun and celebrating our history. When I was young I danced on Jose Manero's floats, he was Spanish, taught us Spanish and Mexican dances; we weren' trying to be anything but ourselves. Thanks for posting this picture, really beautiful.


 COMMENT 372132P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-08 07:48 AM

Are they Native Daughters of the Golden West?


 COMMENT 372141P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-08 08:02 AM

@DIRTYHARRY: I'm not @987 but I caught the reference he/she was making. Back in the 1980s there were a couple of radio DJs called Procter & Ward who had a morning show on KTYD. One year via Cox Cable they broadcast live TV coverage of the parade. It was hilarious. They made fun of the entire Fiesta extravaganza, taking no hostages.

One of their most memorable bon mots was the line, "Fiesta--the one time a year when white people can dress up like Mexicans."

When referring to the Spirit of Fiesta, they said, "the real Spirit of Fiesta is to bring money." They also took heat for continually referring to then-mayor David Shiffman as "the world's shortest beaurocrat."

It's a joke, son. Nothing racial intended.


 COMMENT 372162 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-08 08:41 AM

To 987 - March 17th - the one day everyone pretends to be Irish.


 COMMENT 372165 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-08 08:43 AM

Once the parades started to go UP State Street (for the safety of horse pulled wagons) they used to stage at Pershing Park and then go East on Cabrillo and turn North on State and across the freeway. The freeway was closed (actually a highway at that point because of the signal lights and before the cross-town freeway project) Northbound traffic was routed North on Santa Barbara street to Mission, Southbound traffic taken off the 101 at Mission and over to Anacapa to rejoin the freeway below. This float seems to be Westbound on Cabrillo. The parade route was changed in the later 1960's to stage East of State and proceed West to Castillo and North to Haley via the Castillo undercrossing then to State Street and North to Mitcheltorena. That would suggest this photo is in the late 1960's after that route change took place. The route was later changed again to what it is now.


 COMMENT 372179P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-08 09:14 AM

What I find striking is the lack of buildings on the wharf. Nice pic; thanks for sharing!


 COMMENT 372263 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-08 11:22 AM

@179P: The buildings are all at the end of the wharf, but the angle of the camera shot just doesn't include them.

@165: Another poster identified one of the float occupants as Miss Santa Barbara 1957, so I guess that's when the picture was taken.


 COMMENT 372275 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-08 11:38 AM

179... the only building we're not seeing in the postcard that exists today is the Sea Center. The pilings of the "Y" are barely visible through the wharf pilings just to the right of the palm tree.


 COMMENT 372392 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-08 04:08 PM

In the 50's the parade went East on Cabrillo then North on State Street including crossing the 101 which closed down for 3 hours. That route was changed when the Castillo Street undercrosing was built. This parade appears to be progressing Westward on Cabrillo Blvd to go up Castillo using the freeway undercrossing there. That route was selected because the 101 used to be shut down for the parade to cross the freeway which not only caused logistic problems, it produced many complaints from motorists traveling the 101 North and South and many complaints from neighborhoods with semis chugging through them. After turning North to Haley Street it went East on Haley and turned North on State Street. That puts this picture between 1966 and later when the State Street undercrossing was built and the route returned to the old course..


 COMMENT 372435 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-08 06:02 PM

@392: I hate to beat a dead horse (especially considering that we're talking about the Fiesta Parade), but the picture was definitely taken before 1959, due to the many 48-star American flags in the photo, and the fact that one of the float riders was Miss Santa Barbara 1957. Since Miss Santa Barbaras have a one-year expiration date, all evidence points to the picture being taken in 1957.


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