El Desfile de Los Ninos
The Children's Parade is is funded by a grant from the Wood-Claeyssens Foundation and is organized by the City Parks and Recreation Department. It is one of dozens of events during Santa Barbara’s five-day Old Spanish Days festivities.
Young people of Santa Barbara, their parents, and other parade participants don traditional costumes and celebrate the rich culture of the area. The parade proceeds down State Street, from Victoria Street to Ortega Street.
Each year nearly 200 community groups, dance academies, local youth athletic organizations, high school participants and families participate in this free event. Young revelers throw confetti and multicolored flowers from their hand-pulled carts and wagons to spectators who come out to cheer them on.
Girls twirl their
traditional flamenco skirts and dressed in red or floral patterns with
roses behind their ears, often with their hair back in buns. Boys dress
in cowboy hats ("sombrero cordobés") and jackets, with occasional fake
mustaches. Sometimes children are towed along the parade by their
parents while other create elaborate floats. Marching bands from local
schools provide abundant music.