Monument dedication, parade planned Sunday in Cartago

Some 300 teams of oxen, their carts and drivers are expected to be in Cartago Sunday for a parade after the dedication of a monument dedicated to the oxcart driver, the boyero.

The impetus for the monument came from the Fundación de Boyeros de Costa Rica and was supported by the Municipalidad de Cartago.

The inauguration is at 9 a.m. Sunday, and the parade from the municipal building where the monument is placed to the Basilica de Nuestra Señora de los Ángeles follows. As is traditional at such events, there will be a blessing of each team of oxen, the cart, occupants and driver.

The sculpture is by Max Ulloa Roya and it is fiberglass with a bronze coating.

The event is also part of the celebration of Cartago’s founding 450 years ago.

Saturday at 6 p.m. the carts will be on display at the municipal plaza and there will be competitions of the oxen, folk dancing and traditional country music, said an announcement.

The oxcart parade has been established in Cartago for the second Sunday of October each year. Oxen owners, their teams and carts are expected to come from all over Costa Rica.

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