Today’s schedule calls for a 25-minute inaugural address by Luis Guillermo Solís after he takes the oath for the presidency.
An official schedule calls for the oath to be administered at 11:55 a.m. followed by Laura Chinchilla presenting him with the sash of office.
The speech is set for 12:05 p.m. and will be televised by the major stations. For those who want the whole picture, foreign delegations will be arriving starting at 9:45 a.m. at Estadio Nacional in la Sabana.
Some already were in the country Wednesday night. Others were arriving in the early morning.
Those who have their free tickets and show up to witness the inauguration better bring umbrellas. The Instituto Meteorológico Nacional predicts rain at noon and thunderstorms in the afternoon.
Police were blocking off some streets Wednesday night. That was earlier than they had said. Traffic is expected to be jammed today around Parque la Sabana because some streets will be blocked and motorcades of delegations will be passing through with police escorts.
Ms. Chinchilla is scheduled to arrive at 10:50 a.m.
followed closely by Solís. Then there is the singing of the national anthem and the presentation of the national flag.
The president of the Asamblea Nacional gives a short speech at 11:25 a.m. followed by the new vice presidents taking their oaths.
Solís is due to hold a short consejo de gobierno or cabinet meeting at 1 p.m. to swear in his ministers. Then there is a lunch for heads of state, heads of delegations and special guests.
There may be some trouble in the streets before the inauguration. An organization called the Nuevo Partido Socialista plans a march beginning at 9 a.m. from Centro Colón on Paseo Colón toward the stadium.
The group says it has no confidence in the new government of Solís and also will march to support teachers who have not been paid. They also seek same-sex marriages and the right to abortion, according to an announcement..
Police will not permit any marchers to approach the stadium, so a confrontation might ensue. But the organization has few members, based on a previous protest.
Expats will find that most banks are closed today, and most government workers have a day off.