Milpas Holiday Parade

Santa Barbara Holiday Highlights for 2021

The Eastside is alive and well again after a spectacular holiday parade on December 11th that featured Mr. John Palmintari and Mr. Victor Reyes as celebrity announcers. It also showcased local talent in the form of bands, dancers, floats, a lively Santa Claus and a guest appearance by the Grinch.

After postponing the Milpas Holiday Parade last year due to Covid19, the Santa Barbara Eastside Society rallied for the occasion and organized a season extravaganza by hosting its 67th Christmas parade.

Featured were Santa Barbara High School women’s 2021 Championship volleyball team, High School and Junior High marching bands, high performance cheer leaders, classic lowrider cars and trucks, La Boheme Dance group, magical floats from Sarah House Hospice, a Tomol from the Chumash people, living nativity performers, gigantic Oaxacan puppets, local dignitaries, the Grinch in the Sheriff’s paddy wagon and of course, the jolly old elf himself, Santa Claus. Transport cars and trucks were donated by Milpas Motors and Milpas Rentals.

The parade was a good harbinger for the New Year and people from the community flocked to enjoy the festivities and partake of the local businesses which remained open for the event.

New and exciting activities are being planned by the Society for 2022.  The Santa Barbara Eastside Society wishes everyone a healthy holiday and a Covid free New Year.   Looking forward to seeing everyone in 2022.

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