The 63rd Annual Downtown Santa Barbara
Holiday Parade - World A' Glow
Presented by Consumer Fire Products, Inc.
Friday, December 4th, 2015 at 6:30 PM
In the early 1950s, a tradition began to decorate State Street with 40-foot tall Douglas fir Christmas trees during the holidays. These trees actually lined the center divider lines of what used to be a four lane street. Sponsored then by the Retail Merchants Association, the Chamber of Commerce, and the Parks and Recreation Department, the trees were officially dedicated and lit during the Children’s Christmas Parade by the Christmas Fairy. The Children’s Christmas Parade is now known as the Annual Downtown Santa Barbara Holiday Parade and is held annually, one week after Thanksgiving.
Following directly behind the Prince and Fairy (and presumably offering tree-lighting advice) is the 2016 Holiday Parade Grand Marshal: R2-D2. An American cultural and film icon from Star Wars fame, R2-D2 is included in “The Smithsonian’s History of America in 101 Objects,” and has been inducted in the Robot Hall of Fame. His appearance marks the first time a droid from a galaxy far, far away has served as a parade Grand Marshal. Members of the world champion Dos Pueblos Engineering Academy team, armed with light sabers, have been recruited to serve as Storm Trooper guards for R2-D2’s float.