El Desfile Histórico Brings Over 600 Horses to State Street

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Scroll above through photos of El Desfile Histórico (Photos: Fritz Olenberger)

By edhat staff

Old Spanish Days historic Fiesta parade drew thousands of spectators and over 600 horses to State Street on Friday afternoon.

This was the 94th anniversary of El Desfile Histórico featuring hundreds of floats and historic carriages, coaches, and wagons.

The parade started at the west end of Cabrillo Boulevard and proceeded east along the beach to State Street, concluding at Sola Street. 

Descendants of local Native Americans, Spanish Pioneers, the Native Sons and Daughters of the Golden West, and local service clubs and organizations all depicted Santa Barbara and California history.

This is one of the nation’s largest equestrian parades, featuring over 600 horses. In edhat's annual horse counting contest, we counted 611 horses with more mules and donkeys. Learn more about the contest and winners here.

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Luvaduck Aug 04, 2018 08:31 AM
El Desfile Histórico Brings Over 600 Horses to State Street

Thanks, Flicka--so they clean up the parade route only after the parade's done? I'm a farm kid and matched with our consolidated-school band in the Memorial Day and 4th of July parades and so forth. Sure hate to follow that many horses on foot or cross the street after them in a crowd!

Flicka Aug 04, 2018 07:20 AM
El Desfile Histórico Brings Over 600 Horses to State Street

LUVADUCK, As soon as the last float, and the finishing entry, the firefighters, enter the parade route the streetsweepers start the cleanup where the horses were lined up. Then they head along Cabrillo Blvd and over to State. Several working together.

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