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Capira is a town only 50 kilometers from Panama City and it is a great compromise if you do not want to drive to Las Tablas or Penonome for Carnival. The advantage is that you can have the party atmosphere, with the culecos (where revelers are doused with water while dancing) and parades as well as two beautiful queens, only an hour away from town.
As in Las Tablas, the preparations for Carnival takes a whole year with a series of activities such as dances, casino nights and raffles to raise enough money for the queens’ dresses, the floats, comparsas (dance troupes) and other expenses.
The town is not very big and the main square and surrounding roads are closed to traffic for the four days of the Carnival. H.M. Milagro del Carmen Santos Villarreta, is the Queen of Calle Arriba and H.M. Ambar Theresa Higuero reigns over Calle Abajo.
The festivities start everyday around 10:00 a.m. with culecos until about 3:00 p.m. The parade begins around 8:00 p.m. with the queens’ entourages singing and dancing on the streets. The party finishes in the early hours of the morning with a fireworks display and dances all over town.