Independence was a big weekend for the youngsters

Costa Rica’s Día de Independencia is a time when many of the participants are youngsters. More than 20,000 took their turn at carrying the Antorcha de la Libertad throughout the land starting Friday morning. Many others participated in parades Sunday.

In San José the parade began at 8:30 a.m. and traversed Avenida 2 from Parque La Merced to the headquarters of the Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social. Participation was obligatory for youngsters in 16 schools.

In exchange, today is a day off for public school students.

Midway through the parade route at the Parque Central in San José, there were the usual speeches and praise for the democratic spirit. This was a replay of the ceremony in Cartago Saturday night.

A reader reported on a successful parade in the Canón de Osa with participation by students from Ciudad Cortes,
San Buenaventura, Tres Rios, Coronado, Palmar Norte,  Ojochal, Punta Mala, and Abril de Once. The students were accompanied in the hot two-kilometer march by tankers from the Instituto Nacional de Acueductos y Alcantarillados, the national water company.

That independence day was a Sunday allowed Costa Ricans to begin their celebration Thursday in some locations. And there were fiestas in the major towns as the torch passed by. By Sunday flames from the original torch had reached even some remote hamlets of the country.

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