The Old Spanish Days Fiesta is an annual, five-day celebration all about honoring the culture and traditions of Santa Barbara’s Indigenous, Spanish, Mexican and early American settlers.

The Indy host Alexandra Goldberg sat down with Fiesta’s 2023 Saint Barbara, Lisa Osborn, to talk about the roots of Fiesta and the responsibility of portraying Saint Barbara. Every year, the Daughters of the Golden West, Reina Del Mar Parlor 126 selects one member to portray the patron saint at Fiesta activities. 

Then, La Fiesta Pequeña, or “Little Fiesta,” is a colorful, historical program showcasing traditional songs and dance from early California flamenco to Spanish classical and Mexican folklórico, kicking off Old Spanish Days in Santa Barbara. 

The Indy reporter Daniel Huecias takes Fiesta Pequeña, interviewing performers, spectators, and El Presidente of Fiesta 2023. 

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