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Festival of Lights shines on San José streets

Decorated paraders danced and marched down Paseo Colón in San José during the 15th annual Festival of Lights on Saturday. An estimated 1 million people lined the streets from La Sabana Park to the National Museum in the capital city to enjoy one of Costa Rica’s most celebrated pre-Christmas traditions.

Entire families on Saturday stationed themselves along the sides of the Paseo Colon starting early in the morning to await the parade consisting of floats and bands that was to be held at dusk.
A total of 12 bands and a similar number of floats delighted children and adults alike in a tradition begun 15 years ago and which is now one of the most anticipated events in Costa Rica.
This year, some 1,500 musicians paraded through the capital.
More than 1,000 police officers provided security for the event, at which the consumption of alcoholic beverages was prohibited.
Television channels offered special coverage of the event so that Costa Ricans nationwide could enjoy the Christmas caroling and brightly lighted floats.

For more holiday events, see the Calendar in the print or digital edition of The Tico Times.

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