Lantern parades light up Costa Rica’s independence eve

September 16, 2013

As Saturday night, Sept. 14, drew to a close, thousands of Costa Ricans celebrated the coming Independence Day with desfiles de faroles, or the annual lantern parades.Tico Times correspondent Robert Isenberg spent the evening in Alajuela, north of the capital, where passionate speeches, rousing fireworks displays, and a citizen parade helped ring in 192 years of independence from Spain.

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