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Grande cascarones becomes public art piece during Old Spanish Days

Giant cascarones
John Palminteri
A giant cascarones public art piece has been brought out for Old Spanish Days 2020. It is at State St. and De la Guerra. (Photo: John Palminteri)

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. -- In a year that may not see festive confetti eggs by the thousands, there will be one giant cascarones on display in the center of town in Santa Barbara.

With Old Spanish Days in Santa Barbara being virtual, a designer and local painter set up an art piece in town for all to see.

The giant cascarones been installed on State Street near De la Guerra by designer and local painter Henry Mendez.

The Mendez family has been selling colorful cascarones for years at that location.

The showcase egg this year is five feet tall.

It even has a mask to keep it safe during the COVID-19 crisis.

"We always keep in our heart and our minds that we have to celebrate Viva la Fiestas in Santa Barbara, we're not going to forget about that. We are not going to be selling anything with my mom.  It's not too small and not to huge for everybody," said Mendez.

The Egg will likely be a popular photo stop for people celebrating Old Spanish Days this weekend.

Watch tonight on KEYT NewsChannel 3, KCOY NewsChannel 12 and KKFX Fox 11 news.

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John Palminteri

John Palminteri is senior reporter for KEYT NewsChannel 3 and KCOY 12 Central Coast News.