On September 15, Costa Rica celebrates one of its most important holidays: independence from the Spanish empire. Nicoya will not miss out on the festivities.
The schedule of civic events will get going on September 14, very early in the morning, with the arrival of the torch of independence. Students from the Nicoya Technical High School will receive the flame at 1:30 a.m. in Chumico and then carry it to Nambi, where the honor guard ceremony will be held.
Around 6 a.m., the torch will leave Nambi and arrive at Recaredo Briceño Park in Nicoya at 7 a.m.
According to Efrain Baltodano, supervisor of educational centers for Nicoya circuit 01, in previous years the arrival of the torch happened at night but they decided to hold the event in the morning so that elementary school students can attend.
In addition, for that same day, the Costa Rican national anthem will be sung at 6 p.m., kicking off the traditional parade of lanterns around Nicoya’s park.
As usual, the main event will be the September 15 parades, in which some 14 bands from different educational institutions in the canton will participate.
A change made this year will be that elementary and high schools will march separately. Baltodano explained that every year more students are participating in the event, and at times, some institutions had to wait up to two hours to march.
Both the elementary and high school parades will begin at 8:30 a.m. However, the elementary students will start across from the Lavacar Carrillo carwash and the high school parade will begin across from the new Catholic Church. Both parades will end at the plaza in Nicoya’s park.
In other districts of the canton, such as Samara and Nosara, the civic ceremonies will be held in the facilities of each educational institution.