Dance Troupes, Clowns and Bands Star in Annual San Jose CarnivalThe Costa Rica News (TCRN) – Numerous troupes, clowns and were welcomed yesterday in the community of southern San José, in the traditional carnival held as part of the New Year celebrations in the capital.

Old cars like a 1930s Ford, a bus from the 70s, and gay parades were the first to march through the streets of downtown Desamparados, the most populous county in the province of San José.

The carnival also included traditional masques and merry bands of Costa Rica known as Maroons, while choreographed dancers were responsible for encouraging thousands of people who were witness the event.

Desamparadeña Civic Association, organizer of the carnival, devoted the parade to the Costa Rican footballer Greek Olympiakos, Joel Campbell, who grew up in San Rafael.

The Mayor, Maureen Fallas, introduced Campbell to the community, while thanking the player and dedicating the event.

“I am very happy to be here. It is a pride and a great joy to be with the people who saw me grow up.  What a very nice atmosphere and I hope to continue to reap victories for Costa Rica,” said the footballer.

Campbell was mobilized in an old convertible car and agreed to take dozens of pictures with people who approached him.

This carnival is part of the popular New Year’s Eve celebrations in San Jose that begins on December 25 with bullfighting “a la tica”, which does not harm the animal and where hundreds of “improvised bullfighters” are thrown into the ring to overcome them without cloak.

The festivities of San Jose, which will end on January 5, includes two daily bull runs, rides and roller coasters and carousels, foreign and traditional meals, bars and nightclubs.  (EFE)

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