Fiesta Pequeña 2014

Paul Wellman (file)

Fiesta Pequeña 2014

Fiesta Memories

Fun at Fiesta Pequeña

Thinking about Old Spanish Days Fiesta, I am always brought back to memories of the evening festivities outside of the Mission for Fiesta Pequeña. When my children were growing up, Walter and I would round up the family and walk from our house up past Roosevelt Elementary School to the Mission steps to join hundreds of our friends and neighbors gathering outside in celebration.

As night would fall, I’ll always remember Father Virgil welcoming the crowds with his gentle voice. His presence provided a collective sense of belonging, not just in the celebration of Fiesta, but in the overall spirit of Santa Barbara. Father Virgil held a special place in my family’s heart, as he did for so many in Santa Barbara, and Fiesta always ushers in fond memories of his calming presence presiding over the evening’s festivities.

But the memories I treasure most are of watching the joy on the faces of my children and grandchildren throughout the evening as we watched and cheered on the dancers, ate the wonderful food, and cracked colorful cascarones over each other’s heads.

Fiesta is truly a cultural treasure of Santa Barbara. It reminds us of our community’s heritage while bringing generations and neighbors closer together to celebrate.

Rep. Lois Capps is the U.S. Representative for California’s 24th congressional district, serving in Congress since 1998. 

To submit a comment on this article, email or visit our Facebook page. To submit information to a reporter, email

Be succinct, constructive, and relevant to the story. Leaving a comment means you agree to our Discussion Guidelines. We like civilized discourse. We don't like spam, lying, profanity, harassment or personal attacks.

comments powered by Disqus
event calendar sponsored by:

Procore Technology Valued at $3 Billion

New financing boost of $75 million ups construction software company.

Rescue Mission Plans Annual Feast and Giveaway

December 20 event celebrates the holidays and provides warm clothing.

Volunteers Canvas Montecito’s ‘Red Zones’

Door-to-door outreach delivers storm-readiness info.

Sometime S.B. Resident Ryan Zinke to Step Down

All roads to lead to Santa Barbara — even Trump’s.

Highway Patrol Bears Gifts to Unity Shoppe

Officers collect and deliver donated children's toys to support service.