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Horses, Cowboys and Culture, Everyone Loves a Parade

written by Penny Sadler

Every August the city of Santa Barbara hosts Old Spanish Days, a week long cultural event. Also referred to as Fiesta, one of the highlights is a fantastic equestrian parade.

I really like this particular parade. It does everything a parade should do – it’s colorful, it unites the community, it’s cultural, and everyone smiles at you. Everyone loves a parade!

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Fiesta Parade

Fiesta Santa Barbara ©pennysadler

Read more about Santa Barbara and be sure to check out my other images from Fiesta.

Fiesta Santa Barbara ©pennysadler

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past president’s of Fiesta

Equestrian Parade Santa Barbara, California

Camarillo white ponies

Equestrian Parade Santa Barbara

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detail of bridle

For information on Fiesta go to Old Spanish Days.
Fiesta 2103 is July 31 – August 4.
I know you want to go now.

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Dale August 3, 2013 at 2:39 pm

We tried capturing a similar kind of parade in Kyoto last year but taking pictures with our little point and shoot was almost impossible, you really need a good camera, a great lens and an even better eye for a picture – and it seems like you’ve got all three 🙂

Penny Sadler August 4, 2013 at 9:05 am

Hi Dale, parades are a lot of fun, but difficult! You definitely need a fast camera and faster lens.

Micki August 1, 2013 at 2:50 pm

Fantastic photos! My kids would love this.

Penny Sadler August 1, 2013 at 7:46 pm

There’s also a children’s parade the day after this one. I highly recommend this for families. There are lots of other kid things to do. And of course, the beaches!

Mary @ Green Global Travel July 31, 2013 at 10:24 pm

Beautiful photos. You did a great job of capturing the fun atmosphere of the parade and the elegance of the horses.

Marina K. Villatoro July 31, 2013 at 10:01 am

I love Santa Barbara. We used to have tons of horse shows in Costa Rica, but nothing like this.

Excellent shots, really brings you there!

Penny Sadler July 31, 2013 at 10:20 am

Thanks Martina. I know nothing about horses, but this parade draws me back year after year.

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Maria July 30, 2013 at 10:55 am

Great colors and costumes – I could swear that I heard the music and excitement from here 😉

writecrites September 1, 2012 at 5:59 pm

Yes, I agree, the 70-200 is a great lens. Your pictures shine. I especially love the white horse with rider in red, partly because of the rim lighting and shallow dof. Plus, I’ve always had a thing for horses. In our local parades here in Hawaii, I gravitate to the pa’u (horse) riders—the queens and princesses who wear the satin pa’u robes, each one the official color of their island (Oahu: gold, etc.).

Penny September 1, 2012 at 7:02 pm

I’ve never seen those horses, I’ll have to have a look. Thank you! I appreciate the comments.


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