Old Spanish Days to Start with New Tradition
Fiesta flower girls (Photo: Fritz Olenberger)
By edhat staff
Santa Barbara's biggest festival, Old Spanish Days Fiesta, officially kicks off next week and it's preparing for a new tradition.
The adorable Fiesta Flower Girls are the official greeters of the Old Spanish Days events. The tradition called for young ladies between the ages of 6 and 12 to wear matching colorful dresses and hand out flowers to guests and represent the community.
The Flower Girls participate in the children's parade and horse parade, opening night ceremony at the Old Mission, and even visit convalescent homes and greet visitors at the airport and train station.
This year, Old Spanish Days La Presidenta Barbara Carroll announced boys will now be included renaming the flower girls to "Los Niños de las Flores."
This year's theme is the "Spirit of Community." Old Spanish Days takes place from July 31 to August 4. Learn more about the specific events here.