On Monday, Santa Barbara’s Old Spanish Days participated in Equestfest.
Equestfest is a family-friendly event showcasing many of the equestrian acts that will participate in the Rose Parade on New Year’s Day.
For the first time, Old Spanish Days will also be marching in the 2015 Rose Parade in Pasadena on New Years Day.
The 2015 year’s rose parade will also mark the the first time in about 60 years since the city of Santa Barbara has been represented in the Rose Parade.
Cas Stimson, 2015 Old Spanish Days president, said, “I think it’s great of Old Spanish Days and the city of Santa Barbara. We’re really representing our community so I hope we serve them well.”
Stimson said prepare to see romance, passion, and a lot of energy at the parade.
On January 1st, Old Spanish Days will have a carriage in the Rose Parade pulled by Belgian horses and featuring Spanish dancers, the De La Guerra wedding couple, 2014 El President Dennis Rickard and more will take part in the Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena. This is the first time old Spanish days will be participating in the parade.
This parade airs nationally to an audience of nearly 50 million viewers and is broadcasted internationally in more than 170 countries. The parade garners a live audience of more than 70,000 spectators annually.
Daniela Zermeno, a dancer with the Old Spanish Days dance court, said “We feel very honored to be the ones chosen to represent, I think we’ll do a fantastic job at it.
“This is one of the best groups to be chosen to represent. Everybody here is very deeply rooted in Fiesta and in Santa Barbara.”