Don’t forget the hat and scarf for Saturday’s parade

The annual Festival de la Luz is Saturday, and the crowds of spectators and participants are going to need warm clothing.

One of the participants in 2009. Photo: Municipalidad de San José

The winds that reached 50 kph over the last two days are expected to continue through the weekend. Predictions are for the temperature to dip to about 17 degrees C. with a 30 percent chance of rain. That’s about 62 degrees F., and
frigid by Costa Rican standards. The wind, of course, multiplies the chill.

The Cruz Roja said Tuesday that it would field 160 persons from all over the country to provide medical protection to the crowd. Usually an estimated one million persons watch the Christmas parade, but the chill might reduce attendance this year. The event is available on local television stations.

The rescue agency said it handled 147 cases last year and 27 of the individuals went to hospitals.

The security ministry said it will have 600 officers on patrol.

This is the 15th year for the parade. Nery Brenes, the champion runner, will be the grand marshal. Although the parade is supposed to start at 7 p.m. some 200 entertainers, clowns and acrobats will provide an afternoon show starting at 3 p.m. near Parque La Sabana.

Municipalidad de San José file photo
One of the participants in 2009

The parade will feature bands from all over the country as well as floats from public and private enterprises.

Some 12 bands already have confirmed, including one from Guatemala.

The parade will go from La Sabana on Paseo Colón to Avenida 2, and good spots are at a premium.

The event has its own Web page.

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