Downtown to host not one but two parades Sunday

Expats can enjoy two parades Sunday as the fire fighters and oxcart drivers take to the streets of San José.

The Cuerpo de Bomberos is celebrating its 150th anniversary this year, and next week has been designated the Semana del Bombero or week of the firefighter.

The two parades will not collide. Firefighters begin the day with a floral offering at the tomb for their colleagues in the Cementerio Obrero on Avenida 10 at 8:30 a.m.

Then there is a ceremony at Parque Cañas on Avenida 18 at Calle 2 where a plaque will be unveiled honoring fallen firefighters. Then the assembled fire fighters march to the Catedral Metropolitana for a Roman Catholic Mass.

On past years, fire fighters were not far from their trucks, which made an impressive sight.

The oxcart drivers begin their march from Parque La Sabana at 10 a.m., according to an announcement.

This is the annual Entrada de los Santos that is the official start to the holiday season.

The parade route is on Paseo Colón to Avenida Segunda to the Plaza de la Democracia. The giant oxen, the painted carts and the handlers are emblematic of Costa Rica.

This is a very photogenic event, and many tourists will be along the route.

The oxcart drivers, the boyeros, will be camping out at Parque La Sabana starting at noon Saturday, and tourists are invited to visit and share stories and take photos. The campout has a 19th century theme

Fire fighters are an impressive sight, as seen in this photo from a prior year.

Fire fighters are an impressive sight, as seen in this photo from a prior year.

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