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Published on Wednesday, September 15, 2021
By the AM Costa Rica staff

The country celebrates 200 years of independence with the show "Costa Rica lives the Bicentennial of Independence" which will take place at 7:30 p.m. at the National Stadium, organized by the Municipality of San Josť.

Although the government has moved up the observed Independence holiday for the previous Monday, to boost tourism, the municipality organized the independence party tonight that will be broadcast live on local channels 6 and 7 and the Municipality Facebook page.

The customary public parades and concerts, for the second consecutive year, were suspended by order of the Ministry of Health to avoid further covid-19 contagion.

Only 700 people will be able to enter the activity, which includes President Carlos Alvarado, representatives of public institutions, representatives of some consulates, the artists and the staff in charge of the show.

According to the municipality, the show will tell the story of independence through a musical in which more than 100 artists perform, including actors, singers, musicians and dancers.

The activity will begin with President Carlos Alvarado's commemorative speech, then a presentation by Mayor of San Josť city Johnny Araya.

The musical will be followed by a drone show that was donated by the U.S. company Intel.

"It is a gift from Intel with a show of light, movement, color and music similar to what this company has done, with the highest technology drones, in events as important as the Tokyo Olympic Games, the Super Bowl or the St. Patrick's Day in Ireland," the municipality said.

According to the municipality, drones will draw figures in the sky allusive the traditions, customs and cultural symbols that define the identity and idiosyncrasy of Costa Ricans. The show will be made possible by custom Intel software to manage flight operations from a single computer.

The Independence Day celebrations will end with a fireworks show.

Two hundred years ago, on September 15, 1821, the legal document known as the Act of Independence of Guatemala proclaimed the independence of Central America from the Spanish Empire.

This act of independence invited the other provinces of the Captaincy General of Guatemala, including Costa Rica, to send envoys to a congress to decide the form of the region's independence.

Before the pandemic, Costa Ricans celebrated independence with traditions such as the pathway of Independence Torch, the lantern parade, singing the national anthem the night before Independence Day and the student's parade.

What activity to celebrate Costa Rica's independence have you organized? We would like to know your thoughts on this story. Send your comments to news@amcostarica.com

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