Fiesta's Los Ninos de las Flores
Source: Old Spanish Days
Traditionally it's one of the happiest pictures of Fiesta — the annual group picture of Old Spanish Days ambassadors, Los Niños de Las Flores. The official 2022 picture took place on the steps of historic Old Mission Santa Barbara.
The picture includes a total of 48 youngsters, 46 girls and two boys, ranging in age from 6 to 12. Ten señoritas also were on hand along with 2022 Fiesta La Presidente Maria Cabrera and members of the OSD committee.
Los Niños de las Flores participate in both parades, and the opening night ceremony at the Old Mission. Throughout Fiesta week they visit convalescent homes, and greet visitors at both the airport and train station. With their bright smiles and a "Viva La Fiesta", Los Niños embody the spirit of Fiesta
The program was initially run by the Native Daughters of the Golden West and was given to Old Spanish Days when it out grew the parlor in 1949.
Today there are 84 Flower girls between the ages of 6-12, 7 Jovencitos ( boys between the ages of 6-12) and 26 young women between the ages of 13-17 who are Senoritas.
26 Senoritas is the most registered ever ( they have all grown up!)
Total of 117 participants this year
The children are kept very busy during Fiesta week, visiting over 14 nursing homes and Independent living centers,