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Happy 50th to the Summer Solstice Celebration, a sparkly Santa Barbara gem

Posted on AllSides June 17th, 2024

CARNIVAL SPIRIT: Mardi Gras is very much a wintertime whimsy, a just-before-Lent lark that grandly unfurls when the weather is still cool and Fat Tuesday fun is on the horizon. California is quite a drive from New Orleans, but the Golden State also has its share of colorful carnival-style events. But one of the most Mardi-Gras-est of them all isn't even a Mardi Gras party, even as it embraces the sheer exuberance, pageantry, and upbeat outlandishness we associate with the carnival-centric holiday. Rather, we're singing the praises of the Summer...

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