The first Costa Rican party of the year is the much anticipated Fiesta Palmares, that begins Wednesday and runs until Jan. 23. Every year Palmares hosts the celebrations to kick-off the new year.
The 12-day celebration will provide music, food, tope, a bull run, a fireworks show, and other popular festivities. The event is similar to the big summer state fairs that sweep across the United States during the months of June through September.
The Fiestas Palmares celebrated its 25th year last year and organizers expect this year to be bigger.
And to help the festivities become memorable the organizer, the Asociación Civica Palmareña, has hired a slew of international musicians. The reggaeton superstars Don Omar and Plan B will perform Jan. 15 for the first Full Móvil international concert. Pepe Aguilar, the famed Mexican singer-songwriter of mariachi and ranchera, will perform Jan. 14, as part of the Festival Ranchero Palmares 2012. Other events are the Carnival Kölbi Jan. 20, and the Festival Infantil 2012 Jan. 17 for the kiddies.
Traffic police will set up their usual checkpoints, and many Central Valley residents will use special buses instead of struggling with festival traffic.