Fiesta Cascarones Pose Cleanup Challenges

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Source: City of Santa Barbara

Cascarones go hand in hand with Fiesta. They are fun, especially for children, who love to crack them open over each other’s heads.

Yet these confetti-filled eggs present a challenge for City streets maintenance crews and for our creeks and ocean. The City has been installing filters over all the storm drain inlets on State Street to keep the confetti from entering the storm drain system, creeks, and the ocean. The eggs are often filled with Mylar—a polyester film—that poses an environmental hazard for marine life, including whales, turtles, dolphins, seals, fish, and water-fowl, who think it’s food. It is also just plain litter, which has to be cleaned up with street sweeping, and by hand.

Enjoy the cascarones, but be mindful that this fun comes at a cost, both for cleanup and to wildlife. Avoid purchasing cascarones filled with Mylar or plastic material. 

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a-1561542951 Aug 02, 2018 11:05 AM
Fiesta Cascarones Pose Cleanup Challenges

I really don't get it. They want to ban straws which literally make up way less than 1% of total plastic litter - of which the US only contributes about 1%, but this they allow? this seems way worse to me.

LoveMySB Aug 02, 2018 08:48 AM
Fiesta Cascarones Pose Cleanup Challenges

Love the rose petal idea. I loved this when I was a little kid and didn't know how destructive it is to our environment and sea life when all of this trash goes to the ocean. Last night when I was downtown, it was already covered with confetti everywhere. Now as an adult I think this should be banned or make the sellers get a permit to sell to help defray the cost of cleanup. You have to have a permit to sell everything else. Why should these people get a free pass? You even have to have a permit to dance downtown which is why we don't have any clubs you can dance in anymore.

Flicka Aug 02, 2018 06:58 AM
Fiesta Cascarones Pose Cleanup Challenges

To someone posting it's not a tradition, I beg to differ. Use of cascarones were described in Dana's "Two Years Before the Mast" on his visit here in 1836. When I was a kid we cut up the colored funny papers for confetti to fill eggs. Mylar should absolutely be banned, horrible for the environment. Viva la Fiesta!

Factotum Aug 01, 2018 11:30 AM
Fiesta Cascarones Pose Cleanup Challenges

This is not a "time honored" tradition - it is an example of out of town exploitation at the expense of local non-profits who use this event for their primary community fund-raising. Cascarones started out a number of years ago as a few random sellers only. Then it became a side-walk hogging, industrial and garish cascarone production. In its present form, it needs to stop ASAP since this violates the whole spirit of local fiesta fund-raising. As well as leaving someone else's trash behind while they run off with the profits.

a-1561542951 Aug 02, 2018 11:02 AM
Fiesta Cascarones Pose Cleanup Challenges

FACTOTUM, your "Facts" are wrong, in totum. Are you new hear? Cascarones do not just go back a few years my friend. They've been part of this forever.

Luvaduck Aug 01, 2018 09:22 AM
Fiesta Cascarones Pose Cleanup Challenges

It's environmentally destructive besides being a mess. Fish eat that stuff thinking it's food. It doesn't get digested. That and plastic fill up their guts until they slowly starve to death. For what? A few minutes pleasure? How stupid to allow it. Ban it, fine them.

Concerned4Calif Aug 01, 2018 09:02 AM
Fiesta Cascarones Pose Cleanup Challenges

They should simply ban them. They invite people to smash the eggs on other people's heads. What is the point of that other than assualt? Just because something is bio-degradable (egg shells) why would we want it dumped on our sidewalks and streets. It probably takes years for it to actually degrade.

PitMix Aug 01, 2018 09:17 AM
Fiesta Cascarones Pose Cleanup Challenges

Good luck with banning this time honored SB tradition. Best you can do is to try and make it more environmentally friendly.

buckwheat Aug 01, 2018 08:17 AM
Fiesta Cascarones Pose Cleanup Challenges

It is a violation of the littering law to break a confetti filled egg spilling it's contents on the sidewalk. If police cited each person who was seen committing this violation of the law, the problem would be reduced!

a-1561542951 Jul 31, 2018 07:44 PM
Fiesta Cascarones Pose Cleanup Challenges

Ah, Fiesta. I remember the Good Old Days when we kids used to scramble for pennies tossed into the street, pre-parade time. One kid got the back of his hand severely abraded (sking torn off) by a little girl's Mary Janes (hard-soled dress shoes). We used to, when teenagers, walk downtown barefoot in our skimpy short-shorts (girls) and "boss" surfer shirts (girls and guys). We had big medallions dangling from our necks and all of us wearing Jade East. Try to imagine kids barefoot on State St. now, at any time, much less Fiesta. I, too, object, MATTYBOY, to the ubiquitous vendors crowding the sidewalks. How many are from out of town? Last time my significant other and I went downtown for Fiesta it was no fun at all----apart from the mariachi bands. We won't be going this year or ever again. Not even to the MacKenzie Park yuppie Fiesta. Glad when it's all over.

mattyboy Jul 31, 2018 05:39 PM
Fiesta Cascarones Pose Cleanup Challenges

All these vendors are getting ridiculous, and annoying. Snack vendors honking their horns down the sidewalk every day. Fiesta vendors with their plastic confetti. 4th of July vendors with their noise-generating plastic lighted toys flying in your face on the 4th. What's next?

a-1561542951 Jul 31, 2018 05:26 PM
Fiesta Cascarones Pose Cleanup Challenges

Why not charge the people selling them a fee for clean up when Fiesta or Summer Solstice or anytime after a festival to pay for clean up! Just go down State street day of parade they all don’t have selling permits for the selling of Cascrarone eggs it is terrible they take up the whole sidewalk and there’s a mess when parade is over!! Make them pay to sell the eggs it’s only fair plus rumor has it they make over $5,000 from Fiesta! Come on why don’t they have permits to sell them on State street sometimes you can’t even get into a shop due to they have took over the whole sidewalk! Where are you Sheriff Brown onthis topic or where is JP from KEYT to report on it too!!

destag Jul 31, 2018 05:40 PM
Fiesta Cascarones Pose Cleanup Challenges

Although he will be riding in the parade, I'm sure sheriff Brown is out in the County where would have some input and isn't really concerned with Santa Barbara's litter laws. He can intervene with a serious crime whilst here and has in fact done so during a previous Fiesta.

80593110 Jul 31, 2018 03:40 PM
Fiesta Cascarones Pose Cleanup Challenges

I have the perfect solution and will mention it tonight to the city parks. The AC Postel rose garden needs deadheading and the eggs need natural confetti. If 5-6 weeks before Fiesta there was a big deadheading event, there would be time for the petals to be dried and used and the garden would be back in full bloom for fiesta.

Factotum Jul 31, 2018 03:39 PM
Fiesta Cascarones Pose Cleanup Challenges

Considering how many eggs must be eaten to later become the thousands Fiesta cascarones, why are we still talking about "food insecurity" in this county? Requiring clean-up cost permits to sell these is reasonable because right now it is all gain for the sellers, and all pain for the taxpayers stuck with the clean-up costs. There needs to be a better fair share.

PitMix Jul 31, 2018 03:13 PM
Fiesta Cascarones Pose Cleanup Challenges

Would be nice if we didn't have to BAN everything, if people could just figure out on their own some simple things they could do to still have fun but not create so much environmentally unfriendly waste. Do Fiesta - goers need the Mylar, or is colored paper just as good in your hair?

a-1561542951 Jul 31, 2018 02:38 PM
Fiesta Cascarones Pose Cleanup Challenges

Would it be so terrible to ban the use of mylar and other non-biodegradable materials in cascarones used locally? It is not only the confetti filling but the decorations on the cascarones (also mylar/polyester/plastic) which become a litter problem. I cannot understand why this ban hasn't been instituted. We are an oceanside community and need to protect our beautiful ocean and its inhabitants and the local wildlife. Ban the polyester and go back to good old paper filling and crepe paper decorations. Preferably materials not loaded with dyes and perfumes.

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