Everyone I speak to agrees that this must be one of the gloomiest summers in Santa Barbara in a long time. The marine layer sticks around till the afternoon, hiding us from the warming rays of the sun. But once it clears out, we do get to have a few pretty clouds in our otherwise so frequently featureless blue sky. Which is actually a nice change.
Summer waves on a Summer Day at Summer Beach - brrrrr!
Yep, a (pretty) cloud in sunny Santa Barbara
Love how the blue transitions to orange
A quarter rainbow in Santa Barbara is as special as a "Double Rainbow" elsewhere
On the night before the El Desfile Historico Parade, we joined a group of volunteer Newcomers in making the flower arrangements for the parade.
And the magic beings...
(With some adult supervision)
They had a ton of flowers to work with
First one done!
And now we have two of them
Hitching them to the wagon
Ready for the big parade
Here they come!
They seem very happy with the flower arrangements
I think the horsemen and -women were at least as fascinating as the wide variety of horses in the parade.
Yeah, just wow!!!
Nice flags on the Rainbow Riders
Baroque Horses of Northern California
The Kings County Sheriff's Posse (I am just copying those names from the official list)
And this group was part of the 1836 De la Guerra Wedding Party...what a party!
Oh great, now my helmet is stuck!
And some very fashionable ladies and their horses...Mexican...
...and Wild West.
Ok, because he was so cool...El Charro Mexicano!
The Black Cowboys of the Golden West (no, I am not making that up)
Note to self...guys with lassos are cool
Wonder what he's texting..."Hey dog, I am in a parade...on a horse!"
Note the guy on the bike...good luck trying to steal the show!
It's a long parade...one could get a little sleepy
Old Spanish Days are a big event in Santa Barbara, and the El Desfile Historico Parade is one of the largest equestrian parades in the country with hundreds of horses and riders (which I am saving for the next post). We’ll start out with the coaches, floats and bands.
The parade is coming up State Street
One of the marching bands (Oxnard High School)...
...and another (SB High School Marching Dons).
Kids con confetti
I think Smokey was the only celebrity in the parade
Yeah, he was THAT good
I don't think that it was her first parade...
And the boys from the Fire Dept. were bringing up the rear - literally