Limón celebration features annual parade Sunday

Limón’s annual black pride festival this weekend will cap off a month-long celebration dedicated to the region’s black heritage. “Día de la persona negra y la cultura afrocostarricense,” as its called in Costa Rica, ends with a parade that leaves from Parque Vargas at 1:30 p.m. Sunday afternoon and ends at the iconic Black Star Line.

Serenaded by the sounds of the Limón concert band, festival-goers are able to continue celebrating Limón’s cultural roots with parties that include traditional dances, costumes and food.

The Comité Cívico Cultural Étnico Negro de Limón and the country’s culture ministry are combining to put on the 16th version of the festival under the theme, “Back to our roots.” Alfredo Chavarría, vice minister of Cultura, said he will attend.

“The important thing of this celebration is to reinvigorate support for African descendants in Costa Rica,” Chavarría said. “In culture, for example, they have given so much in terms of gastronomy, music, literature, art, and all aspects of present culture.”

Today’s lineup is headlined with a food festival that shows off the economical and nutritious art of Afro-Costa Rican cooking. Then continuing into the weekend there will also be art shows and recreational activities offered throughout town.

“These celebrations show the need of recognizing those who support the Afro-Costa Rican sector in equality and with respect to economic, social, and cultural support that has given,” read a civic committee release. “This festival started for the sake of the open and necessary fight against ethnic and racial prejudice.”

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