Mother Nature shines on a day full of patriotic ceremonies and parades

Mother Nature was kind to Costa Ricans who celebrated the Día de la Independencia Tuesday.

Parades took place under partly cloudy skies, and in the metro area, rain was scare.

The day began at Parque Nacional in San José where President Luis Guillermo Solís and others placed a floral offering at the Monumento Nacional. The monument depicts the Central American nations in the persona of women driving out U.S. filibusters William Walker. The independence day ceremony always is held there.

Then students from 12 schools and their bands marched through the downtown. There was a similar parade in Heredia.

Two vehicle mishaps marred the holiday. In Piedra Azul en Ujarrás about 7 a.m., a 6-year-old kindergarten student died under the wheels of a truck.

The Judicial Investigating Organization said that the truck swerved to avoid hitting the victim’s brother who had darted across the road.

In Guápiles, a student returning from an independence celebration lost a leg when a vehicle pinned him against a tree.crowd091616

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