Thousand polleras parade will break Guiness record

A beauty queen in a pollera.

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A beauty queen in a pollera.

A beauty queen in a pollera.

Once again the picturesque town of Las Tablas, Los Santos province, will be the scene of one of the most beautiful folkloric traditions, the “Thousand Polleras Parade” (el Desfile de las Mil Polleras), which will take place on Saturday, January 16.

Last January, the general coordinator of the event, Aris Acosta, said that the organizers were planning to register the parade in the Guinness Book of Records and that claim was supported by the then Panama Tourism Authority Administrator, Jesus Sierra.

The children also take part in the parade.

The children also take part in the parade.

The parade is becoming a tourist attraction with hundred of visitors going to Las Tablas to observe first-hand thousands of women dressed in the Panamanian national costume. Hotels in Las Tablas, such as Cubitá, are offering special packages for that event.

In last year’s parade around 15,000 “polleras” participated. It is expected, that the number will increase as more people travel to Las Tablas to take part. The first Thousand Pollera Parade was held in the capital of Panama in 2003.

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