Organizers of Old Spanish Days in Santa Barbara are inviting community members to light up their homes and businesses this Fiesta season to help keep the Fiesta Spirit Alive.
In a community collaboration with local hardware store Santa Barbara Home Improvement Center, members of the public can visit the store, 415 E. Gutierrez St., to buy the official 2020 Fiesta Poster and Pin as well as Fiesta banners and outdoor yellow, red and green lights.
“Operation Light up your Fiesta Spirit’ is just one way to honor our beloved festival while bringing joy and solidarity into our neighborhoods,” said El Presidente Erik Davis. “We hope seeing the colors and symbols of Fiesta remind the community that we’re all in this together and that there are better days ahead.
“Hope, joy and optimism have always been a big part of this reimagined Fiesta. Please join us and Light up your Fiesta Spirit, Santa Barbara.”
“We are proud to support this effort to bring some Fiesta spirit to local homes, business storefronts and gardens, Viva la Fiesta!” said Home Improvement Center owner Gary Simpson.
Simpson and his wife Jill Nada have been collecting Fiesta posters for 38 years. They are all on display in the store now through Aug. 9.
Official 2020 Fiesta posters and pins are also available at locally owned Viva Santa Barbara in Paseo Nuevo Mall and at the Santa Barbara Historical Museum. Fiesta banners and flags can be purchased as well from the Carpinteria Flag Factory.
Merchandise including 2020 T-shirts, posters and pins are available on the Old Spanish Days website, www.sbfiesta.org and can be shipped anywhere in the United States.
To support Old Spanish Days, those interested are asked to consider a tax-deductible donation at www.sbfiesta.org/support or purchase items such as the 2020 poster from the online store at www.sbfiesta.org/shop. All proceeds benefit Old Spanish Days.
Old Spanish Days in Santa Barbara, Inc. is a 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation dedicated to honoring and preserving Santa Barbara’s history, spirit, culture, heritage and traditions. During the pandemic, Fiesta 2020 has been reimagined and will hold many of its signature events online, on television or in ways that adhere to physical distancing practices, all while promoting community-wide participation.
The theme of this year’s Fiesta is “¡Vamos a Bailar!” — in English, “Let’s Dance!” More information about Fiesta 2020 is at www.sbfiesta.org.