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San Carlos Celebrates Fifth Aquatic Carnival

Alejandro Castillo | Nov 26, 2013

A water float during the carnival. | Photographer: Roberto Rosales Castillo

A short story of the 2013 carnival in the streets and waters of San Carlos, Rio San Juan.

Even the persistent rain couldn’t stop the emotion of San Carlos city, in Rio San Juan department, on November 23rd when the people celebrated the 5th Aquatic Carnival, a tradition that the National Tourism Institute organizes with the city mayor to take place in San Carlos pier.

From early hours the pier was crowded of people from nearby towns, national and foreign tourists, especially from Costa Rica, that enjoyed the colorful parade of aquatic floats (decorated boats and ships), a variety of cultural presentations, and a wide offer of local food.

The carnival featured the distinctive participation of the Coffee Route project, a space where many tourism service providers submitted their offers to the large influx of visitors, also serving as an experience exchange between small businesses in the area and from the North side of the country.

During the afternoon, even with the rain, the city took color and joy with the parade if artistic comparsas coming from different parts of the country, something that caught the attention and emotions of the public.

The joy didn’t stop there, but it lasted until late at night with a fireworks show, artistic representations of dances from the nicaraguan North and Caribbean, closing with a popular celebration to delight 5 thousand people who participated in the carnival.

The mayor of San Carlos, Johnny Gutiérrez, highlighted that ‘’the carnival is a big joy to the people from San Carlos, since it has an positive effect on the local economy, and it also represents a good alternative to the families from San Carlos and to the visitors, strengthening our commitment to do it better year after year.

See the picture gallery here.

Translated by Cynthia Cordero