A little bit of Fiesta spirit was channeled Wednesday as La Presidenta Joanne Funari talked about the festivities to come.
“Celebrate Santa Barbara” is this year’s Fiesta theme, “inspired by the resilience, camaraderie and strength of our community,” she said.
For that reason, Funari said that this year’s Fiesta would honor Santa Barbara law enforcement and firefighters. The spirit of the community after the wildfires that hit the South Coast several years ago “was pretty phenomenal,” she said. “We need to honor them.”
Funari also announced that Old Spanish Days has received three grants, enabling it to roll out a fourth-grade curriculum in local schools covering Santa Barbara and Spanish history.
This year’s honorary Old Spanish Days directors are Mike and Aleisa Pfau and Dr. Michael Behrman. Honorary Grand Marshal Hattie Feazelle, who just turned 100 years old, will also be working the festival this year.
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