The Costa Rica News (TCRN) – Today some 3,000 riders and thousands of spectators packed the main streets of San José to celebrate National Caballista Day with the traditional parade of horses or Tope Nacional.

The tope was dedicated to Costa Rican rider Claudia Romero, who had an accident in September while competing in France, putting her in a coma for two weeks and killing the horse.

The event, which took about five hours, toured about 3 kilometers of the main streets and avenues of the capital, causing a traffic jam due to the closure of some roads.

From children to seniors, all were decked out in their best clothes, hats, jeans and traditional plaid shirts. Besides horses, there were donkeys, mules, and even water buffalo in the parade.

Riders must pay a 10,000 colones entrance fee ($19), half of which goes to the municipality while the other half goes to support the San Jose Orphanage. (ACAN-EFE)

The Costa Rica News (TCRN)

San Jose, Costa Rica