Vol.18  No.1214 Friday Edition, December 14, 2018
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Organizers expect up to a million
people at Festival of Light parade

By A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Festival of Light (Festival de la Luz) is a popular parade that has taken place in San José every year since 1996. The parade includes floats masquerades, live music and fireworks.

The parade will start Saturday at 6p.m to and the festivities will last until midnight. Organizers expect more than one million people will enjoy the parade on the streets and two million more will watch the parade on national television.

Johnny Araya, Mayor of San José, said,  "I have the impression that this year the Festival of Light will have a greater importance and significance because we have had a difficult year. Costa Rica has been in a climate of confrontation that, without a doubt, has affected us emotionally and I think that the Festival of Light is an event that allows us to resume smiling, with joy, hope, optimism, and create a different mood because it is an event that has the virtue that brings together the Costa Rican family."

The parade route begins at Paseo Colón, continues along Avenida Segunda and ends at Plaza de la Democracia.

The organizers have the following recommendations to avoid problems during the parade:

- Wear comfortable shoes, tennis shoes or flats.

- Wear comfortable clothes.

- If you are bringing children, do not forget to bring liquids and something to eat.

- Do not carry unnecessary valuables like jewelry, electronic devices, etc.

- Only plastic chairs are allowed.

  San Jose Municipality courtesy photo

The parade will start Saturday at 6p.m to and
the festivities will last until midnight.

- The public consumption of liquor is not allowed. Those who consume alcoholic beverages on public streets will be fined ¢180 thousand colones ($300).

- Street sales are prohibited.

- Do not eat street foods.

- Vehicles cannot be parked in the 100 meters around the course of the Festival.

- If you are with children, keep them close to you, to keep them from getting lost. Police advise giving each child a note with your name and phone number on it.

- If you notice something suspicious or are the victim of a robbery, report it immediately to the police.

The Ministry of Security will carry out a special operation with more than a thousand policemen along the route.

Italian citizen robbed and murdered in Sabana

By A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Judicial Investigation Organization confirmed the death of an Italian citizen, resident in Costa Rica, identified as Gianfranco Pescosolido, 59, during an apparent robbery in La Sabana.

The police report states the murder happened on Wednesday at 8:30 p.m., near La Sabana Park in San José in circumstances that are being investigated by the officers. Pescosolido was apparently exercising in the park when three men tried to rob him, wounding him with a knife.

Red Cross officials responded to the emergency call and found the victim " with wounds in the abdomen and chest". Pescosolido was transferred to the San Juan de Dios Hospital in serious condition. He died a few minutes after his admission.

Pescosolido was married to a Costa Rican and had lived in the country for more than 10 years.

Pescosolido’s wife informed family and friends of the death on social networks. The body will be stay at the National Magisterium Chapel in Paseo Colon today and a funeral will be held Saturday in Tilarán in Guanacaste.

Gianfranco Pescosolido Facebook photo

Pescosolido was apparently exercising in the park when three men tried to rob him, wounding him with a knife.

According to the judicial report, the case is under investigation.

Legislature declares National Tourism Day

By A.M. Costa Rica staff

Thursday, deputies of the legislature approved the declaration of the National Day of Tourism in Costa Rica to be held every July 30.

Legislators state that they decided on July 30th because it is the date on which the Costa Rican Institute of Tourism was founded, "marking a before and after in the tourist development of the country."

In addition, the declaration "authorizes the Costa Rican Tourism Institute to enter into agreements or coordinate with public or private institutions (associations, tourism chambers, etc.) for the implementation of tourism promotion programs or activities for the celebration of said date."

Deputies said that the celebration of the national day of tourism "will strengthen relations in the sector with the ultimate goal of promoting tourism and, therefore, join efforts for the sake of innovation and competitiveness of the tourism sector."

A.M. Costa Rica wire services photo

The celebration of the national day of tourism will strengthen relations in the sector with the ultimate goal
of promoting tourism.


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