The Costa Rica competition to Halloween will take place in both Desamparados and Santa Cruz this year.
This is the Día de la Mascarada Tradicional Costarricense, which was decreed in 1996 to pit local culture against the creeping influence from the north. The mascaradas, those papier-mâché giant heads, include traditional characters, such as Minifalda and Gigante, and also current political, sports and media figures.
There most certainly is more that one mask creator constructing another Luis Guillermo Solís mascarada.
The Asociación de Mascareros de Santa Cruz
plans a meeting of mascaradas with the Gegants de La Llacuna group from Barcelona, Spain, Thursday. That is at the local center of the Universidad Estatal a Distancia.
Friday there is a 9 a.m. gathering in Parque Bernabela Ramos, where creators of mascaradas will demonstrate their skills and the various mask will be displayed. There also will be food, music and dancing.
The parade starts at 4 p.m. from the Plaza Los Mangos to Parque Bernabela Ramos.
The Desamparados event will be Friday at 6 p.m. starting at the Escuela de la Ciudadela Fátima. There will be story telling, a parade of those in costume and eventually a parade of mascaradas and cimaronas, those brass street bands.