More than 65,000 spectators lined State Street in anticipation of Santa Barbara’s only nighttime parade, the 65th Annual Downtown Santa Barbara Holiday Parade, Presented by Consumer Fire Products Inc! Officially kicking off the holiday season, this signature Downtown Santa Barbara event brought a colossal contingent of high-stepping marching bands, fabulous holiday-themed floats, spectacular performance groups, local personalities, and our amazing Grand Marshal, Noah Wyle! The Holiday Prince and Fairy, selected from winning artwork best capturing the parade theme, led the parade and lit up the community Christmas tree on their way down the parade route.
This year, we celebrated the Colors of the Season via the many traditions, holidays, and colors of the Winter season. We were inspired by vibrant colors, kaleidoscopes, rainbows, and anything festively neon or colorful! Share your pictures with our official hashtag #DSBHolidayParade.
Most Creative Use of Theme: Kenney Construction, Inc.
Most Spirited Entry: Kids Helping Kids Santa Barbara
Best Performance Group: Macomber Karate Studio
Best Dance Ensemble: Dance with Harout
Best School Cheer/Dance Team: San Marcos High School Cheer
Best High School Band: San Marcos High School Marching Band and Dance Guard
Best Middle School Band: Goleta Valley Junior High School Marching Band & Dance Team
Best Elementary School Band: Goleta Elementary Schools Band
1. Opening Act
2. Colors of the Season Banner
3. Prince & Fairy / Compass California
4. Grand Marshal Noah Wyle / Santa Barbara Hot Rod Limo
5. Presenting Sponsor, Consumer Fire Products Inc.
6. Santa Barbara City Council
7. Santa Barbara Police Activities League
8. United Boys & Girls Club - Westside Unit
10. La Cumbre Junior High Lancer Marching Band & Drill Team
11. Mission Linen Supply
12. Momentum Dance Company
13. Santa Barbara Woody Club
14. Hearts Therapeutic Equestrian Center
15. Girls Inc. Gymnastics
16. Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson
17. Rincon Broadcasting
18. Goleta Elementary Schools Band
19. EF Education First
20. Santa Barbara City Fire Department
21. Chinelos Santa Barbara - Norte-Sur California
22. Macomber Karate Studio
23. Santa Barbara Youth Football League
24. Santa Barbara High School Marching Dons and Dance Team
25. Direct Relief
26. Santa Barbara Festival Ballet
27. Kenney Construction, Inc.
28. Canary Hotel
29. Santa Barbara Symphony & SBUSD's BRAVO!
30. Spirals Gymnastics
31. Adelante Charter School
32. Los Prietos Boys Camp
33. San Marcos High School Cheer
34. Boom Chaka
35. Santa Barbara International Film Festival
36. Santa Barbara Junior High School Band
37. Santa Barbara MTD
38. Providence School
39. SB Buggie
40. La Boheme Dance
41. Special Olympics Santa Barbara
42. Pacifica High School Triton Marching Band and Color Guard
43. Old Spanish Days in Santa Barbara, Inc.
44. The Towbes Group
45. Franklin School
46. United States Forest Service
47. Santa Barbara Gymnastics Club
48. Garden Street Academy
49. Boy Scout Troop 1
50. Rudenko School of Dance
51. Santa Barbara Veterans Foundation
52. Friday Night Bike Delights / SB Bike
53. Santa Barbara Sheriff Pipe & Drum Corps
54. Montecito Bank & Trust
55. Santa Barbara School of Performing Arts
56. Goleta Valley Girls Softball Association
57. Union Bank
58. Goleta Valley Junior High Marching Band & Dance Team
59. First Presbyterian Church of Santa Barbara
60. Dance with Harout
61. Notre Dame School
62. Santa Barbara Zoo
63. San Marcos Marching Band and Dance Guard
64. American Riviera Bank
65. The Dance Network
66. Tea in Tiaras
67. Mo-Leta All-Stars
68. Mission Villa
69. Santa Barbara High School Don Riders - Bike Club
70. ART from the HEART
71. La Colina Junior High School
72. Metropolitan Theatres
73. Dos Pueblos High School Jazz Choir & Goleta Stow House
74. Ice in Paradise Ice Arena
75. Young Singers Club
76. Inspire Dance Santa Barbara
77. Dos Pueblos Little League
78. Ed Hat
79. Santa Barbara Beautiful
80. Kids Helping Kids Santa Barbara
81. Foodbank of Santa Barbara County
82. Rhythmic Gymnastics of Santa Barbara
84. Santa Barbara Cars & Coffee
85. Dos Pueblos High School Marching Band, Cheer, Leadership, and Football
86. UCSB Sailing Team
87. Hula Anyone?
88. Girl Scouts of California Central Coast
89. Marborg - Santa Float
This website will be updated throughout the entirety of parade season, so keep checking back for additional updates!
For more information, please contact Downtown Santa Barbara staff: (805) 962-2098
We are so honored to have Noah Wyle join us in celebrating our community as this year's Grand Marshal!
Noah Wyle is an Emmy and Golden Globe nominee who is best known for his award-winning work for 12 seasons on the NBC drama ER. In his role as Dr. John Carter, Wyle became known to audiences worldwide. Wyle also starred in and served as a producer of TNT's critically acclaimed sci-fi series Falling Skies, which ended its run in 2015. He currently executive produces and stars in TNT's The Librarians, which airs its fourth season premiering December 13th.
Thank you to all of our amazingly dedicated and jolly volunteers!
Interested in volunteering for the 65th Annual Downtown Santa Barbara Holiday Parade, Presented by Consumer Fire Products Inc?
Please direct all questions to:
Marketing & Events Manager
Applications for Prince & Fairy are CLOSED. Please check back for information on this year's winners!
Please direct all questions to:
Marketing & Events Assistant
And a special thank you to Bragg Crane Service.
Photo Credit: Fritz Olenberger