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Flower Girls Spread Fiesta Cheer Around Santa Barbara

The Fiesta Flower Girls visit with Chuck, 98, during a visit to Valle Verde on Tuesday. Click to view larger
The Fiesta Flower Girls visit with Chuck, 98, during a visit to Valle Verde on Tuesday.  (Fritz Olenberger / Old Spanish Days photo)

Flower Girls and Las Senoritas are the official greeters of Old Spanish Days and have been since 1949 when the idea was introduced by Ruth Dow Figg-Hoblyn. 

They extend welcome to thousands of guests by presenting flowers from their baskets.

The group participates in both the Historical Parade to be held on Friday and the Children’s Parade to be held on Saturday. 

Fiesta Flower Girls will be greeting guests at the opening night ceremony at the Santa Barbara Mission Wednesday and visited residents at Valle Verde senior living before the festivities began. 

The Flower Girls and Las Senoritas visit over 22 local convalescent homes and rest homes, spreading Fiesta cheer to those that can't make it to the various events.  

Erik Davis represents Old Spanish Days. 

Lia Parker, the first Spirit of Fiesta from 1949 to 1951, visits with Flower Girls who are greeters for the Old Spanish Days celebrations. Click to view larger
Lia Parker, the first Spirit of Fiesta from 1949 to 1951, visits with Flower Girls who are greeters for the Old Spanish Days celebrations.  (Fritz Olenberger / Old Spanish Days photo)
 

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