Barva will inaugurate its annual mascarada festival tonight

The canton of Barva in Heredia province begins its four-day Feria Nacional de la Mascarada today with most of the activity centered on the municipal park.

Mascaradas are those giant papier-mâché figures of mythical characters, famous Costa Ricans or whimsical creations that dance and are usually accompanied by a street band, called a cimarrona.

They have a long tradition in the Latin world.

Barva is about as traditional as one can get for a Costa Rican community. And the municipality always schedules the mascarada event for the last week in March.

The event is one of two major gatherings of those who make and display mascaradas.

The other is in Desamparados around Halloween.

The official inauguration is tonight. Like most fiestas, there will be plenty of food booths and perhaps a chance to buy a mascarada, which qualifies as a work of art.mascaradas032615

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