Expats go ’60s for British Queen’s birthday bash

April 24, 2009

A small corner of Escazú, west of San José, was alive on Saturday with the shoe-tapping songs of the Beatles, the smell of deep fried fish and chips and the sight of dozens of British flags flapping in the Costa Rica breeze.

A day of national pride for the British and people of British Commonwealth, the Queen´s 83rd birthday was celebrated in Costa Rica with hundreds of people in attendance.

Last year, the event raised more than $22,000 to help Costa Rican schools in need, and with a higher turn out this year, event organizers are hoping to raise even more.

“We have people from all the different nationalities represented in San José here and everyone seems to have a good time,” said British Ambassador Tom Kennedy. “It´s basically a big family day.”

Asked what his favorite part of this year´s event was, Kennedy said the theme: The Swinging Sixties.

“It was a theme that everyone had fun with,” said Kennedy, who didn´t sport any sixties garb, but was surrounded by people in bell-bottoms, wigs, large glasses and flowing shirts. “From kids right through to grannies, everyone can dress up with beads or hippie gear. So that theme really worked.”

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