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Independence Day Celebration Parades are Suspended

By Emiliana García

The lantern parade, the torch’s arrival and the September 15th parade, where baton twirlers, lyres and drums can be seen and heard, have all been suspended as a result of the emergency in the canton of Nicoya after the Wednesday, September 5th earthquake and because of the high magnitude aftershocks that are still taking place.

This was confirmed to the VON on Wednesday 12th by Nosara, Samara and Nicoya elementary and high schools. The Ministry of Health issued a recommendation to Nicoya’s Regional Education Direction, who complied and resolved to suspend all Independence Day festivities.

The document issued by the Ministry of Health states that, as a preventive measure, traditional parades should be suspended. Instead, each school will hold its own Independence Day assembly while taking all necessary precautions, according to guidelines issued by the National Emergency Commission (Comisión Nacional de Emergencias).

School children and youth participate in a baton procession on September 15th, Independence Day. Photo: Samantha Pollock 2011

These measures are intended to avoid crowds that could jeopardize the population’s safety. All of Guanacaste province is still under yellow alert.

School principals wish to avoid crowds, “I wouldn’t feel comfortable about bringing all my students together on the evening of the 14th, since their physical safety could be at risk,” affirmed Víctor Julio Madrigal Leal, school principal at Nosara’s Serapio López Elementary School.

Instead, each school will light a symbolic torch and hold a school assembly.

“We understand that many parents have already incurred in expenses to purchase uniforms to be worn by students during the parade, but we must consider that we are experiencing an emergency situation and significant aftershocks each day. For security reasons, we are avoiding massive events,” said Adriana Rodríguez, deputy mayor and president of the Municipal Emergency Committee.


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