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Largest Annual Community Celebration On Central, South Coasts Again Losing Some Events To COVID-19 Safety Concerns

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The Old Spanish Days "Mercados," or marketplaces are being cancelled for the second year in a row due to the pandemic

Santa Barbara's Old Spanish Days announces trimmed 2021 schedule

It’s the largest community event on the Central and South Coasts. But, for the second year in a row due to the pandemic, Santa Barbara’s Old Spanish Days will have to drop some of its most popular events from its lineup.

Fiesta’s traditional opening ceremonies, La Fiesta Pequena at the Santa Barbara Mission, won’t be taking place in person. It usually attracts thousands of spectators. It will be broadcast as a TV special.

Also out because of concerns about large gatherings are Fiesta’s historical and children’s parades, as well as the two marketplaces featuring food booths and vendors. There will be a Fiesta Horse Show and Rodeo this year.

While things are reopening, organizers took the steps because it’s still unclear what the situation will be like when Old Spanish Days takes place in August.