John Palminteri

This year, broadcast journalist John Palminteri, center back, will don his Old Spanish Days hat as El Presidente. 

Old Spanish Days in Santa Barbara has announced that KEYT Senior Reporter and Carpinteria resident John Palminteri has been named an honorary El Presidente for Fiesta 2020.  

Honorary Presidentes and Presidentas are chosen each year by the current El Presidente or La Presidenta. It is an honor bestowed on them for their personal support to the current Presidente or their contributions to Old Spanish Days. Palminteri joins other Presidentes and Presidentas Hugh P. and Dianne Davis, Bill and Solange Springer, Geoff Grow, Kathy Baron, Nancy Callahan, Robin Gauss and Erin Graffy de Garcia. 

Palminteri has been covering Old Spanish Days for nearly 40 years for TV, radio, print and social media. His broadcasts can be heard and seen on KEYT NewsChannel 3, KCOY NewsChannel 12, KKFX Fox 11, KCLU and KJEE. “Palminteri is a mainstay of Fiesta and his energy and enthusiasm for all things Fiesta is unmatched,” stated event organizers. “It’s hard to do, but his smile gets even bigger the moment he puts on a Fiesta hat and tie and hits the town.”

This year, Fiesta will present many of its signature events online, on television or in ways that adhere to physical distancing practices, while promoting and encouraging community-wide participation. 

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