SANTA BARBARA – El Desfile Historico, one of the largest equestrian parades in the country, starts at noon today and will also broadcast live on channel 3. The event, and other events scheduled for tonight, will prompt road closures throughout the day in Downtown Santa Barbara.As of Friday morning, some road closures are already in place:6:00 a.m. The Forming Area for the Old Spanish Days Fiesta Parade will be closed on the following streets: 00 &100 blocks of Castillo St, 300 block of W. Mason St, 400 – 700 blocks of Shoreline Dr. (both lanes).6:00 a.m. Cabrillo Blvd, between Castillo St. and State St, will be restricted to local traffic only until 11:00 a.m.10:30 a.m. State St, between Cabrillo Blvd. and Islay St, all North and Southbound traffic will be closed, leaving the cross-streets open. However, deliveries to State St. businesses will be allowed only until 11:00 a.m.11:00 a.m. All cross streets along State St, from Cabrillo Blvd. to Islay St, will be closed to ALL traffic between Chapala and Anacapa. However, Gutierrez, Haley, Carrillo, and Micheltorena, will remain open for cross traffic until 12 noon.Cabrillo Blvd, between Castillo and Garden, will also be closed to ALL traffic. However, buses, taxis, and local deliveries will be allowed only until 11:30 a.m.12:00 p.m. Old Spanish Days Fiesta Parade begins.3:00 p.m. Approximate ending time of the Parade. Street sweepers will immediately follow the parade with each block reopening once it’s been swept.ALL FIESTA PARADE STREET CLOSURES SHOULD REOPEN BY 4:00 P.M.Flor y Canto will be held Friday night at seven in the Santa Barbara Courthouse Sunken Garden.Noches de Rhonda starts at 8 pm at the Historic Courthouse. Starting at 5 pm, Anapamu St. between Anacapa and Santa Barbara, will be closed until midnight.Copy the following link into your browser for more information. http://www.oldspanishdays-fiesta.org
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