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Four days of revelry on the Cinta Costera
The “Carnival of the City,” will be presided over this year by her Serene Majesty, Maria Lourdes de Gallimore, who, together with her princesses, Jennifer Gleichman and Ana Lorena Cortés, will animate the proceedings. The four-day revelry will take place on the Cinta Costera from Saturday, March 1 through Tuesday, March 4 and is expected to attract more than 25,000 tourists.
There will be 25 floats, 129 national artists, 48 dance troupes and 8 water tank vehicles for the traditional “culecos,” where revelers are sprayed with water as they party.
The slogan for this year’s celebration is “Metro Culture,” taken from the soon-to-be-inaugurated, public railway transport system.
The program of events starts on Friday, February 28 with the official coronation of María Lourdes as the 2014 MetroCity Carnival Queen together with her princesses Jennifer Gleichman and Ana Lorena Cortés. Maria Lourdes will also become the new tourism ambassador of Panama. The theme for this evening is “Tropical Night.”
On Saturday, March 1, the theme is “Tropical Panama.” Sunday, March 2 is the “Traditional Day,” with Monday, March 3 being hailed as “International Day.” The last day of partying, Tuesday, March 4, will celebrate the centennial of the Panama Canal. Parades on all days will be held starting from the Seafood Market from 5:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.
There will be three main stages for entertainment. The main stage will be located in front of the Seafood Market, with performances taking place from 9 p.m. – 2 a.m.
The “culecos” stage will be situated towards the center of the parade routes on the Coastal Strip (Cinta Costera). The water tanks will be refreshing the crowds there from 10 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. each day. When the parades are over each night, the stage will double as an electronic music concert area.
The “Stage of Memories” will be located at the northern entrance of the carnival parade route, providing entertainment from 3 p.m. onwards. An additional stage will also serve as an electronic music area after the parades each night.