Pilgrims at Cartago are treated to rain of rose petals

Out go the rose petals through the rear door of the aircraft. Photo: Ministerio de Gobernación, Policía y Seguridad Pública photos/Paul Gamboa

True to their word, the Servicio de Vigilancia Aérea of the security ministry flew over the celebration at the Cartago basilica Tuesday and dumped 2,000 kilos of rose petals on the multitude gathered there for the Día de Nuestra Señora de los Ángeles. The aircraft was the fixed-wing Caribou that carries a heavy payload.

The flowers had been donated by residents of the Santos region.

This was a fun project for the aviation crew because
it marked the end of several days of vigilance from the air of the hundreds of thousands of pilgrims who were walking to the Cartago church. The ministry’s air service also used a refurbished helicopter. But both Sunday and Monday the weather in the afternoon was challenging.

Not Tuesday morning as very party cloudy skies allowed the sun to bake those who had assembled for a 9:30 a.m. Mass and speeches that followed by religious figures and President Laura Chinchilla. Many below used their umbrellas as sun shields and complained of the relentless heat.

The plaza of the Cartago basilica and adjacent streets are packed with pilgrims

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