A parade of oxcarts and faithful followers carrying a representation of San Ramón Nonato barreled through San José to announce the arrival of Los Festejos Patronales festival in the town of San Ramón. But that’s only a taste of what’s to come at the celebration known for having Costa Rica’s largest herd of oxen with more than 240 brought from all over the country.
From Aug. 21 to Sept. 1, the town will celebrate its patron saint, San Ramón Nonato, through parades, music, and local food. The municipality expects thousands of visitors to pass through for the annual holiday.
“Our parties are family celebrations,” said Greivin Hidalgo, pastor of San Ramón. “We want more Costa Ricans to come and enjoy the unique characteristics of all our activities filled with warmth, fervor, and tradition.”
The oxen parade will be held on Aug. 24.
Another historical parade, which has existed for 160 years, is the Pasada de Mancho, in which the patron saint’s image is taken through downtown streets amidst ceremonial gunfire, music, and dancing.
Funds raised from the festival will go to the parish and its various communities.