Fiesta! A Santa Barbara Tradition: Images from the Pearl Chase Collection, 1924 - 1930

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Fiesta! A Santa Barbara Tradition: Images from the Pearl Chase Collection, 1924 - 1930

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The fashions of Old Spanish and the 1920's intermingle as children prepare for the parade down State Street.

Children prepare for the parade as they play in and around one of the featured carts.

Children look out at the State Street crowds at the Carillo intersection and welcome them to the festivities. In the background, the original County National Bank, today the Montecito Bank and Trust, can be seen.

Palomino horses, now a main feature in the Old Spanish Days Fiesta parade, are not native to Santa Barbara, but are the result of tireless work by Fiesta's first El Presidente, Dwight Murphy (above left). Golden Palomino horses, once known as…

The palomino horse was coined as "the living symbol of Old Spanish Days fiesta" in an August 3, 1941 News-Press article. These fair-maned horses were garbed in silver and paraded down State Street in the earliest Fiestas, and visitors still enjoy…

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