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Spirit and Junior Spirit of Old Spanish Days 2017 Crowned in Santa Barbara

April 17, 2017

The Spirit and Junior Spirit of Fiesta represent the charm and beauty of the culture of Old Spanish Days, a beloved annual Santa Barbara festival that takes place every early August celebrating the traditions of the American Indian, Spanish, Mexican, and early American settlers that comprise the rich cultural heritage of our community.

Last Saturday, after over 700 local community supporters gathered in mounting anticipation to watch twenty-four performers compete for the 2017 Spirit and Junior Spirit titles, La Presidente Rhonda Henderson declared San Marcos High School student Norma Escárcega the 2017 Spirit of Fiesta.

“I’m speechless and happy,” Miss Escárcega said. “Everyone did an amazing job. I’m looking forward to dancing, experiencing Fiesta and representing the community. I practiced for many months.”

Miss Escárcega’s dance type was Flamenco, and her dance style was tangos.

Hope School student Eve Flores was named the 2017 Junior Spirit of Fiesta. Miss Flores also danced Flamenco, and her style was Colombiana.

“Dancing is a way to express myself,” Miss Flores said. “I can be whoever I want to be when I get on stage. I’m confident when I’m dancing.”

Traditionally, the Spirit of Fiesta leads El Desfile Histórico (The Historical Parade) while the Junior Spirit leads the Children’s Parade. Together they will perform at dozens of events from now through the end of Fiesta this summer, August 2-6, 2017.

Felicitaciones to our 2017 Spirit and Junior Spirit from Passport Magazine Santa Barbara!

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