Photos: National Oxcart Parade celebrates Costa Rican culture and traditions in San José
The National Oxcart Parade celebrated Costa Rican history and traditions in the streets of San José on Sunday.
More than 200 teams of oxen (yuntas de bueyes), accompanied by music and folk dances, marched from La Sabana Metropolitan Park to Plaza de la Democracia as part of the festivities.
Thousands of people crowded the streets of San José for photos — and for some lucky spectators, rides — on the colorful oxcarts.
Painted oxcarts are a national symbol of Costa Rica. (We wrote about their history here.)
The event organizers said the parade is meant to help Ticos remember their roots and the importance of agriculture, and to bridge a gap between urban and rural Costa Rica.
Here are some of our favorite photos from the National Oxcart Parade:
You may be interested
Climate Change Spurring Frog Extinctions: ConservationistsAFP - January 16, 2021
Three Central American frog species have gone extinct and many others may soon follow as their populations are ravaged by…
Rare White Tiger Born at Nicaragua ZooAFP - January 16, 2021
A rare white tiger, named "Nieve" (snow in Spanish) was born at the Nicaragua zoo, and is being raised by…
Costa Rica has administered 25,000 vaccine shots, Caja saysThe Tico Times - January 15, 2021
Costa Rica’s public-health system has administered nearly 25,000 coronavirus vaccine shots, the Social Security System (Caja) reported. The figure —…