Yes! It’s December and for the ninth time the Canton of Nicoya will experience one of the most looked forward to nights of the year, the 2014 Nicoya Brilla Festival, which will fill the colonial city with light and joy.
The anticipated parade of light, music and color will take place on Sunday, December 7th, with activities starting from 4 p.m.
According to Oliver Perez, coordinator of the festival commission, the festival route will be different due to the change of direction of one-way roads downtown. This year, the parades will depart from the central market, to up to Supercompro, turn left to pass by Musmanni and then go around the park, finishing in front of Banco de Costa Rica.
Prior to the festival, there will be a procession that will kick off at 4 p.m., with children on stick-horses, street bands, clowns, folk dance groups and the marching band from Limon, Magic Sound Band.
At 6 p.m. the festival officially begins with nine floats and 11 musical bands.
This year the following will participate with floats: the Nicoya Public Force, CoopeGuanacaste, Confiticos, the San Martin daycare, Eventos Stephani, Casa Cuna, Curacao, Barra Honda National Park and the joint float of the stores Papillo, Liberia Ayales, Eka, Living Nicoya and Cover 25.
The fiesta will be livened up by Nicoyan bands from the Nicoya high school, the Colonial Band and the municipal marching band of the music school Sinem. In addition, bands from Aserrí, Tubas, Desamparados, San Carlos, Cañas and Panama and Guatemala will also participate.
At about 10 p.m., wait for the fireworks display in the park square, followed by a concert by the Costa Rican group nominated for a Grammy, Son de Tikizia, who will get even the stiffest people to dance salsa.
According to Perez, as in previous years, the Municipality of Nicoya made agreements with transportation companies from other villages in the canton to schedule additional buses at night.
This year, the festival marshals will be soccer players from the Women’s Selection, Dinia Diaz and Carol Sanchez, the Nosara twins Roman and Gerard Gutierrez, who participated in the International Robotics Olympiad, and the Taikondo Bek Ho Academy.