Chinese Float Steals Show at Festival de la Luz

December 21, 2007

The Chinese float stole the show at San José’s annual Christmas parade last Saturday.

The Chinese entourage took center stage at the Costa Rican Festival of Lights.Many spectators’ jaws dropped while the glowing red and gold dragon float and human-controlled serpentine creatures slithered by, like a Chinese New Year’s celebration.

The troupe won the top prizes for “brightest” and “most original” float, with 9.3 points out of 10.

On the Chinese float were the words Viva la Amistad China-Costa Rica, or “Long Live Chinese-Costa Rican Friendship,” reminding native festival goers of their government’s historic crossover in June, which ended diplomatic ties with Taiwan in favor of bridge-building with China (TT, June 8).

However, San José’s 11th Festival of Lights once again showed that Ticos, too, can put on an impressive Christmas street party, with 15 floats and almost as many marching bands crawling along Paseo Colón and Avenida Segunda at blaring decibels, but at a slug-like pace.

Equally impressive was the crowd’s stamina. Many families showed up in the morning to hold a choice spot. The parade finally started at 6:20 p.m. in a spat of rain and amid some 1,500 police, Red Cross and other workers. It finished around midnight.

Highlights included the bands’ skillful drumming with twirling sticks, and horn sections that blasted songs ranging from traditional Christmas fare to U.S. band Black Eyed Peas’ hip-hop craze “Don’t Phunk with My Heart.”

 

Facebook Comments

You may be interested

In context: Costa Rica’s struggles with indigenous land rights
Costa Rica
793 views
Costa Rica
793 views

In context: Costa Rica’s struggles with indigenous land rights

The Tico Times - March 19, 2019

Sergio Rojas, a leader of the Bribrí community in Costa Rica, was murdered Monday night in the indigenous territory of…

‘A tragic day for the Bribrí people’ as leader Sergio Rojas is killed
Costa Rica
3506 views
Costa Rica
3506 views

‘A tragic day for the Bribrí people’ as leader Sergio Rojas is killed

Alejandro Zúñiga - March 19, 2019

Sergio Rojas, a leader of the indigenous Bribrí community in Costa Rica, was murdered Monday night, the government confirmed. Rojas…

This week in the Peace Corps: Sports for youth development
Changemakers
442 views
Changemakers
442 views

This week in the Peace Corps: Sports for youth development

Susan W. / Peace Corps Volunteer - March 19, 2019

Some rural communities struggle with lack of resources and recreational activities. In my experience, the majority of the people in…