fiesta

A longtime Santa Barbara Fiesta tradition was almost derailed over a tax issue.

The issue is over a longtime Fiesta tradition, called cascarones.  Cascarones are hollowed out eggs filled with confetti.  You crack them over the head of a family member or friend as part of the celebration.

It’s been a tough few months for Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties in the wake of the Thomas Fire, the Montecito debris flow, and most recently the Holiday brush fire north of Goleta. But, people in the region are getting a welcome distraction from the difficult times this week. The Ventura County Fair and Santa Barbara Barbara’s Old Spanish Days both kicked off Wednesday.  

The largest annual community celebration on the Central and South Coasts is underway.

Old Spanish Days in Santa Barbara commemorates the city’s Hispanic heritage with music, dance, and food, and brings hundreds of thousands of visitors to the region.

The largest annual community celebration on the Central and South Coasts is underway.

Old Spanish Days in Santa Barbara commemorates the city’s Hispanic heritage. The five day long celebration kicked off Wednesday morning with ceremonies at De La Guerra Plaza.

(Photo by John Palminteri)

The South Coast’s largest annual community celebration is in full swing today.

Santa Barbara’s Old Spanish Days is underway, a tradition which attracts hundreds of thousands people to its five days of events. It’s a commemoration of the city’s roots which dates back to the 1920's. But, the origins extend further back into history, going back to the ranches which surrounded the Santa Barbara area.