(19 Dec 2006) SHOTLIST
San Jose – Recent
1. Mid of marching band
2. Various of fire works
3. Wide of santa float
4. Close of dancers on stilts
5. various of floats
6. Close of float princess
7. SOUNDBITE (Spanish) Johnny Araya,San Jose City Major:
“It’s done to demonstrate that in Costa Rica things can be done better, that we can put on an event worthy of the first world, not third world”
8. Various of dancers
9. Mid of two women holding banner
10. Various of marching band
11. Mid of dancer handing out sweets to the crowd
12. Various of street entertainers
13. SOUNBITE (Spanish) Humberto Vargas, Festival Marshall:
It very important for the soul, it’s the party of a people who fight, who want to go embrace the future in spite of everything. it’s a tremendous symbol of dignity, love, heart and hope ”
“Textures, colors, people and sometimes even smells make part of this Christmas celebration”
14. Various of marching bands
15. Mid of ‘Cadbury chocolate clown
16. Wide of festival float work shop
17. Mid of man painting float
18. Various of workers painting festival float
19. Close of worker painting
20. Wide of carnival float
It is very big, big emotions
“We had an average of 20 people working on the flowers and the yoke�”
San Jose – Recent
21. Wide of float and dancers
22. Various of dancers dressed in santa uniforms
23. Various of marching bands
24. Wide of toy float with pink bunny rabbit waving
25. Various of ballet dancers on float
26. Various floats
27. Mid of candy float with dancers on top
28. Various of dancers on the street
29. Wide of drumming group
30. Close of young girl waving
31. Wide of float
32. Various of marching band
33. Wide of cheer leaders
34. Various of crowd
35. SOUNDBITE (Spanish)Vox Pop, No name available, Spectator:
Its excellent, it really is marvellous, there’s no words to describe it. They have done it well, the work they have put into it, it adds to the power of the occasion.”
36. SOUNDBITE (Spanish) Vox Pop, No name available, Spectator:
It should neve end this tradition”
37. Wide of festival clown
38. Wide of marching band
The Christmas season in Costa Rica got under way with a night full of magic, lights and a decorated float parade.
One million people across the Paseo Col�n and Avenida Segunda, gathered to watch marching bands, and entertainers dance through the streets.
Spectators gathered early to looking for the best advantage points to enjoy the show.
The parade is an initiative of San Jose’s local government, and has become an annual Christmas tradition.
Every year an outstanding Costa Rican citizen is honoured as the the festival Marshall.
Previous marshals include an astronaut, swimmer, Grammy winner , musical group and even a famous Costa Rican soccer player.
This year the special award was given to the musician Humberto Vargas, winner of the well known Vi�a del Mar Festival from Chile.
The parade also features cheer leading teams, marshal bands, and artistic groups who combine music, dancing, circus and folkloric representations.
This year there were 11 floats on various themes, some of which took months to prepare.
One float from the Sarch� (pronounced Sar-chee) Commerce and Tourism Chamber- represented more than 500 art groups from a zone considered to be the cradle of Costa Rican folklore.
The cart was traditionally used to transport coffee.
This year’s floats and bands used a GPS system, which helped avoid huge lulls between each event.
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