Carnival in Zapote will begin with bulls Christmas Day

Fiestas de Zapote photo
A good health tip would be to avoid lunch before trying out
this carnival ride.

Tuesday, Christmas Day, marks the beginning of the Festejos Populares de Zapote and the Costa Rican-style bullfights.

The Zapote festival runs until Jan. 6 with rides, food, beer halls and other amusements.

A new arrival this year is supposed to be something called Super Shot, a tower that lets participants experience a short dose of free fall. The Festival said that the company is setting up that and 17 other attractions. Some are for youngsters.

The biggest attraction is at the rondel where a few or many Costa Ricans put themselves at risk in the ring with a fighting bull. That is if final approval comes form the health agency.

The Cruz Roja said that it would have 50 of its rescue workers and six ambulances standing by when the bull fighting is taking place. The rondel has a clinic built into a wall, and injured bull fighters are passed on a stretcher through a small window. The bull events are televised internationally.

The admission paid by spectators covers the bull events.

Elsewhere there are all types of diversion, and the Fuerza Pública will be out in force.

Wednesday is the day of the Tope Nacional, when thousands of horses and riders parade through the streets of San José, starting at 10 a.m.. This year the riders begin at Plaza Víquez and head west on Paseo Colón. Again, the Cruz Roja will have at least 15 aid stations set up along the route. The Fuerza Pública will be on the trail of heavy drinkers and petty crooks.

Thursday is the day for the Carnival de Desamparados in that canton south of San José. The carnival parade begins at the Escuela Joaquín García Monge and ends at the Villa Olímpica, starting at 10 a.m. Each year the Desamparados carnival is bigger. The residents there picked up the activity when the San José carnival was canceled.

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