Route is readied for Festival de la Luz Saturday night

The stands have gone up on Paseo Colón for the Festival de la Luz, San Jose’s elaborate Yule parade that steps off Saturday.

The route of march will be east on Paseo Colón to Avenida Secunda. The parade will disburse in the vicinity of Plaza de la Democracia adjacent to the Museo Nacional where a large tree dominates the scene.

The Municipalidad de San José now says that the smaller event for kids will begin at 3 p.m. at the west end of Paseo Colón. This event features clowns, acrobats and music. Officials began this aspect of the Festival de La Luz in 2005 to benefit parents with young children and those who may not want to brave the city streets at night. The main parade is supposed to step off at 6 p.m. just as the sun sets. More than a million persons are expected to see the parade under tight police security.

They will begin gathering at their favorite spots by noon.

In addition to closing off Paseo Colón, the Minsterio de Obras Públicas y Transportes said that bus stops will be changed as well as taxi stands.

Parents of younger children might want to preview the elaborate floats where they are parked Saturday afternoon along the south side of Parque la Sabana.

The parade will be featured on the country’s major television stations. Towers for cameras have been installed along the parade route.

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