Police say they grabbed 42 suspects during Festival de la Luz

Fuerza Pública officials report that revelers did less damage this year during and after the popular Festival de la Luz parade.

The event was Saturday, and police report that 42 persons were detained as suspects in separate crimes through midnight. There were persons with fireworks, cocaine, firearms and knives.

There were no reports of aggression, although the Cruz Roja said it treated nearly 200 persons and took about two dozen to local hospitals. Nearly 200 Cruz Roja workers were assigned to the annual event.

There were more than 400 police officers on duty at the parade, in part because previous years had seen disorder from intoxicated teens.

One of the 42 persons held Saturday night was the subject of an arrest warrant for aggravated robbery and computer fraud, said police.
As expected, about a million persons braved chilly weather and occasional sprinkles to view the event in person. Many others watched the three and a half hour parade via the television or on the computer feeds of the major television stations.

Repretel said it had more than 150 workers on the job to cover the event. They ranged from camera operators and technicians to on-air commentators.

New floats this year came from Claro and Movistar, the cell telephone companies that have begun operations in the last year.

The security ministry fielded a drill team of coast guard members as well as one of the Servicio Nacional de Guardacosta open boats that was towed in the parade.

The Fuerza Pública fielded a Santa Claus dressed in a traditional fur-trimmed suit, except the suit was blue, the police force color. Blue Santa participated in the pre-parade festival that began at 3 p.m. for the benefit of younger children.

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