This photo brings back great memories. I took it last year at the Fiesta Old Spanish Days Santa Barbara parade. I used to be a regular at this parade, but had not been for a few years. Last summer, I really needed to escape the Texas heat, so I contacted my friends in Santa Barbara and said, “Viva la fiesta!” Translation, I’m coming to visit. Let’s do Fiesta!
I rented a Nikon f2.8 70-200 lens to photograph the parade. If you have witnessed a parade first hand, you know, they are chock full of “fleeting moments.” You need a fast lens. It was my first time to use that lens, and to photograph a parade.
I loved this woman with her fairy wings and bubbles. I hope you like her too. I could post a zillion photos from the parade that I think would fit the theme for this week. I had a blast. So much so, you’ll see me there again this year. I’ll be at Joe’s on State St about 11:30 a.m., enjoying an adult beverage before the parade begins.
Fiesta events officially begin on August 1, 2012, however there are pre-Fiesta events beginning as early as April. Five days of festive parties, music, markets, rodeos, parades and carnivals for the kids. Most of the activity takes place in and around the old historic area of downtown . La Fiesta Pequena is the opening event and takes place at the Old Mission Santa Barbara.
This year the dates for Fiesta are August 1 – 5, 2012. Fiesta Santa Barbara has become one of the top regional parades in the country.