And this small child stole the show as she led her toy oxen in pulling a toy oxcart!
In fact there seemed to be more of an emphasis on the children this year in what has always been a family affair to celebrate and remember the important part boyeros (oxcart drivers) played in the history of Costa Rica as the first land shippers of coffee and bananas to the two big port cities for shipment to the U.S. and Europe.
The parade still had the colorful oxcarts! And the big oxen!
And most included the whole family as usual. A Family farm affair!
But many were led by children this year as the Oxcart Leader or Boyero.
And a few even had young oxen!
While others had their hands full!
But all accepted their responsibility with pride!
Goat Carts were in parade this year for the first time, led by kids of course! Pun intended!
And there are more Women Boyeros each year!
And the whole time the Central Park is filled with tents, entertainers, arts & crafts, food & drink vendors, a playground, and plenty to do if you get bored with the parade.
A Rooster on Stilts! and . . .
. . . and another on foot, representing Gollo, a big furniture/appliance store.
Someone leading the children in games before the parade started. And of course all the food, drink, balloons, etc. available to buy!
The parade always starts with police and horses, one carrying the Costa Rica Flag:
Red, white and blue patriotism!
I watched the parade with 3 friends, Anthony, Jean and Carolyn and then afterwards we went to La Finca for pizza and pasta. A fun day! And if you want to see photos of the bigger oxen being led by men and other views, see my photos from last year’s parade at: 2015 Oxcart Paradeon this blog.