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PHOTOS: San José's 'tope' takes spectators on a colorful ride

Costa Rica’s annual holiday tope, or horse parade, took place on Dec. 26 along San José’s Second Avenue and Paseo Colón.

Thousands of riders and their equine companions came from different corners of Costa Rica to show off their best riding styles, saddles and outfits. Ticos lined the streets decked out in cowboy hats, jeans and boots to watch the spectacle. Many brought beach chairs, stools, food and drinks to comfortably enjoy the four-hour parade.

Here’s a look in photos:

 

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