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23 people injured in bullfights during first day of Palmares fest

During Thursday's massive horse parade that initiated the Palmares Festival, 73 people were detained or arrested and 122 needed medical attention, according to data from the Red Cross. That included 23 injuries to festival-goers who entered the bullfighting ring.

Send in the cavalry: Palmares tope draws thousands

All along Palmares’ main street, officially known as La Recta, the crowd was like a parted sea of cowboy hats. They flanked the empty avenue in growing anticipation, swigging beer from Pilsen cans, eating skewers of barbequed chicken, and taking selfies in front of waiting horses. So began the Palmares “tope,” or horse parade, on that sunny Thursday.

Will you vote for me? I’m on a horse.

The raucous Palmares Festival kicked off Thursday with a tope, a traditional horse parade. Not surprisingly, some of the country's presidential candidates made appearances there.

5 things to know about Costa Rica’s gigantic Palmares Festival

Each year in January, Ticos descend on the sleepy coffee town of Palmares, northwest of San José, for the country’s most rowdy fiesta. Palmares hosts a traditional Costa Rican festival with bullfights, horse parades and carnival rides, but also brings in famous international acts and way more beer than is probably necessary.

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