Nicoya is preparing their best festivities for the week of the Annexation. For the celebration of the 25th of July, the city will become a center of dancing, live music, food, horse parades, bull riding, fireworks and poetry reading.
The National Cultural Festival of the Annexation VII will start on Saturday, July 20 with the sale of food in the colonial square in Recaredo Briceño Park and will continue on Sunday, the 21st with the Annexation Race.
This race will start at 8 a.m. on the west side of the park, and the route is 10 kilometers for professionals and 5 kilometers for the recreational run.
The race is organized by the Nicoya Night School. Registration costs 5000 or 8000 colones ($10 or $16), which includes a shirt, chip and medal for participating.
The activities will continue through Sunday, July 27. As a highlight, during the CIOFF International Folklore Festival, the Araucanto Cultural Foundation of Venezuela will present dances and music.
One of the most acclaimed and anticipated artists is Luis Enrique Mejia Godoy, who will perform at about 9 p.m. on Thursday, July 25 on the main stage in the park square.
There will also be daily marimba music in the park, fireworks and breakfast and lunch from the O’Sullivan Culinary Institute for only 1000 colones ($2) for those attending.
For rodeo fans, there will be bull riding from Thursday, July 25 to Sunday, July 28 at 2 p.m. Also on Thursday, the 25th at noon, the Great Nicoya Tope (horse parade) will take place, organized by the Nicoya Riders Association (ASOCANI).
Marta Arauz, festival coordinator, explained that the cultural presentations are a great opportunity for those unable to attend these type of events because of time and cost.
“We wanted this festival to include diverse regional, national and international cultural elements,” explained Arauz, who assured that those who attend will greatly enjoy the festivities.
The Voice of Guanacaste will be giving special coverage to the various activities taking place during the week of the annexation, so we invite you to join us.
If you want a complete list of activities and the official program, we invite you to visit the Festival Facebook page.