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Authentic Tico Culture to Enjoy in Nosara

By Pamela Ellsworth

Few people know that the Fiestas Patronales Inmaculada Concepcion de Maria includes an annual parade in Nosara every December. It features teams of oxen pulling Costa Rica's famously colorful oxcarts. The oxcart drivers need donations to assist with the cost, about $100 dollars per driver, to transport their oxen and oxcarts from Hojancha and the Nicoya region to Nosara.

Details and History of the Oxcart Parade
The oxcart parade takes place on the last day of the Fiesta Patronales, Sunday December 11th at 10am. The starting point is at the hardware store "Materiales de Construccion Nosara", behind the Nosara gas station. It proceeds around Nosara to La Casona, then to Arenales and ends at the Catholic Church where food and non-alcoholic beverages will be available. The church will use proceeds from the Fiesta to furnish needy families with food and clothing. Following the parade there will be a live auction which traditionally includes farm animals.

Costa Rica oxcart traditions have been inscribed on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO. Oxcart drivers today continue to dedicate their skills, artistry and time to preserving this significant Costa Rican tradition.

There is no other source of funds to enable them to continue sharing their cultural heritage and spirit. Local residents and tourist who donate $20 can ride in an oxcart for a portion of the parade. Donations made by local business establishments will be publicly thanked following the parade.

Tourism related business in particular can contribute to and, advertise the parade to let their clients know that there is authentic Tico culture to enjoy in Nosara.

To donate please do so at the Banco Nacional account 200-02-013-001650-8 Jane Katherine Marchant or contact 2682-0360. Donations can be made the same day of the event.



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Escuelita de Nosara 2012

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Nosara Sostenible, Making the Difference as a Tourist Destination

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