Caitlin Fitch

Scene in S.B.

Lifelong Santa Barbara resident Erika Ronchietto (pictured on right with longtime Reina del Mar Parlor member and 1965 Saint Barbara Mary Louise Days) has been involved in Fiesta activities since childhood and this year has the honor of portraying the city’s patron saint. Each year, Saint Barbara is chosen by the Reina del Mar Parlor, which has been sponsoring the corresponding float since 1926. Ronchietto is a mother, owner of an area preschool, and very active in community events and organizations. You can see the newest Saint Barbara in traditional garb carrying a palm frond and golden chalice in this year’s Historical Parade (El Desfile Histórico) on one of the few horse-drawn floats.

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