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Nicoyanos Celebrated the National Holiday to Beating Drums, Parades and Plenty of Sunshine

By Oliver Pérez

The civic holiday was celebrated in a big way this September 15th, as our country commemorated 190 years of Independence.

The scorching sun accompanied students during the traditional parade, which started in front of La Anexión Hospital, extending for approximately 600 meters and ending up in Nicoya's park, where the patriotic feelings emerged on every corner.

Bands marched through the main streets of the colonial city, with lyres and trumpets setting the rhythm for the baton twirler's happy movements and the pace for the stiff cadets and flag bearers.

Hundreds of people gathered on the streets to enjoy the performance of elementary and high school bands, whose students dressed up for the occasion to honor their homeland.
This year, Nicoya's and San Antonio's Cindeas participated for the first time, as well as Corralillo High School and Nambi Elementary School, who are both rural schools.

Among those who stood out most, Nicoya's Colegio Técnico Profesional attracted lots of attention with their folkloric dances. Meanwhile, the Escuela Cacique Nicoa carried a series of posters on which they showed the "values that shape our character".

In addition, the Centro Educativo EUPI made a visual demonstration on t-shirts, with everyday sayings that are part of the Costa Rican vocabulary, known as Costarriqueñismos.

Ana María Esquivel Briceño, a student at the Centro Educativo San Ambrosio mentioned that although she ended up bit sunburned, she felt satisfied as it was her first time playing the lyre. "In past years I had been a part of the parade as a honor roll student, but this year I wanted to be in the band and play the lyre, it was wonderful!”, added this Curimeña with a big smile.

Most of those present at the parade had to resort to soda bottles, water and other refreshments, while some were even seen with a beer in hand; it was a party that had to be enjoyed. In the end those who were unable to find a shade, ended up tanned or even sunburned as the sun shone relentlessly.
At the end of the parade route, each band did a small performance on the park bandstand.

Ariana Jiménez and Diego Matarrita brought their sons, Adrián and Diego Armando, and were lucky enough to enjoy the parade from a shady spot, from where they acknowledged the nice time they had. “We come every year, it is such a great activity to share with the whole family, and we love seeing how much kids enjoy it”, both parents agreed.

Comments were heard declaring that the performance by the Liceo de Nicoya was one of the best, while others complimented the Leonidas Briceño Elementary School. However, what is undeniable is that all who attended this celebration were able to satisfy their preferences while students had their own satisfaction of having served their country. 



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