Father Larry Gosselin named Grand Marshal 
of Reimaged 2020 Fiesta Parade

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Father Larry Gosselin named Grand Marshal 
of Reimaged 2020 Fiesta Parade
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Source: Old Spanish Days

Organizers of Old Spanish Days in Santa Barbara have announced that Father Larry Gosselin, a long-time supporter and friend of Fiesta, has been named the Grand Marshal of the Reimagined 2020 Fiesta Caravan Parade.  The caravan parade will take place on Friday, August 7, starting at noon and will feature classic cars and decorated vehicles and will travel through Santa Barbara and Montecito neighborhoods bringing Fiesta joy as it passes. 

“This is a privileged honor that I accept with a very humble heart, but with immense gratitude and appreciation,” said Father Larry. “It’s an honor that I never could have imagined that I would be given, with all the highest respect, esteem, and admiration I have always held for the community of Santa Barbara.”

Each year since the 1930’s, the El Presidente or La Presidenta of Fiesta chooses a Grand Marshal of El Desfile Historico Parade (the Historic Parade). Continuing this long-standing tradition, El Presidente Erik Davis has selected Father Larry.

“I chose Father Larry as the Grand Marshal because of his positive attitude and the way he always strives to unite us in love and friendship — something we need now more than ever,” said El Presidente Erik Davis. “Anyone who knows Father Larry knows of his kindness, joyfulness and dedication to serving all people in the Santa Barbara community.”

“It is my great hope and sincere aspiration, in being asked to serve as Grand Marshal of the Fiesta Parade, that I might be able to tap into the great inspiration of the late and great Fr. Virgil, with all that he brought and left to this community, and to bring some of his spirit into our celebration and call of unity for all people,” said Father Larry.

Father Larry Gosselin, O.F.M. is a Franciscan Priest of the Province of Saint Barbara, he is a native of Washington State, but a friar of the world. He has been serving at the Old Mission of Santa Barbara since 2013 and has emceed La Fiesta Pequeña, the official opening of Fiesta, on the steps of the Old Mission Santa Barbara for the last 9 years.

Old Spanish Days in Santa Barbara, Inc. is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit corporation dedicated to honoring and preserving Santa Barbara’s history, spirit, culture, heritage and traditions.  Putting the health and safety of the community first, Fiesta 2020 has been reimagined and will hold many of its signature events online, on television or in ways that adhere to physical distancing practices, all while promoting and encouraging community-wide participation.  

The theme of this year’s Fiesta is “¡Vamos a Bailar!”, in English, “Let’s Dance!”. 

More information about Fiesta 2020 can be found at www.sbfiesta.org

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a-1596213033 Jul 31, 2020 09:30 AM
Father Larry Gosselin named Grand Marshal 
of Reimaged 2020 Fiesta Parade

There should be atonement for the insane Violence and hate that do nothing to reshape history as we look at all "facets of the truth over time". What you are talking about is later California history. Not Spanish conquest. Please let's stop this nonsense and projection of your own sense of victimhood and evil and with what goal? We all have agreed past history is not always a good teacher except of evil intention and politics--like now? Fiesta does not celebrate conquest--it is about shared culture--horses (brought to new world by Spanish, sorta like Tesla now), dance, arts, things the Chumash never knew and were curious about like all humans-- They had lots to share as well. Other tribes can protest, but here there was peaceful encounter. There was worldwide seeking of a better life: contact, trade, exchange spoiled by a reality called disease at the end and after trade starts! Sound familiar? We should get that during a CONVID fiasco we face. In 1782 the arrivals were all mixed races under a Spanish flag--former slaves with freedom and families volunteering and paid. Atonement? The Russians were coming South! Fact. Would that have been better? Ever seen their human rights history? Get your fact aligned with some better ones that represent the positives of this place and what it offers us all--things that evolved in impressive ways and here before your rant.

You first. You can go live with the Chumash--share their world and traditions.

RHS Jul 31, 2020 01:40 PM
Father Larry Gosselin named Grand Marshal 
of Reimaged 2020 Fiesta Parade

9:30 a.m. What the F!? Spanish Conquest vs later Spanish history? The Russian's are coming?? Lesser of two evils??? How hard it is to excuse the uncomfortable facts. The Spanish were the most exploitative and violent colonial power with the possible exception of the Portuguese. They literally worked millions of central Americans to death extracting gold and silver to be sent back to Spain. They literally killed natives in every place they entered if those people did not give them what they wanted which included adherence to an absurd religion on pain of death. I don't know exactly what evils the Russians imposed on Alaskan natives and such but I have never heard anything about their time in these places (including northern California) that matches the barbarity of the Spanish occupiers.

NostraChumash Jul 31, 2020 02:22 PM
Father Larry Gosselin named Grand Marshal 
of Reimaged 2020 Fiesta Parade

I didn't know that my tribe had no knowledge of "arts & dance"..
We probably knew nothing of star mapping for oceanic navigation & seasonal awareness regarding the myriad of medicinal plants in our region, or that the Chumash were here during the pleistocene epoch, which included horses.
It's called;
"Unconscious incompetence".
It means, I didn't know that I didn't know.

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