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Panama Pollera Dress Festival. During the month of July, the town of Las Tablas in Los Santos province, holds a festival in honor of one of the world’s most beautiful national costumes, the Panamanian Pollera. This festival will be held from Wednesday, 20 to Saturday, July 23 at the Belisario Porras park in downtown Las Tablas.
The celebration joins with the festivities for Santa Librada, the patron saint of Las Tablas, whose day is July 19.
The most anticipated part of the festival is the National Pollera Contest, in which women from across the country, including the current Carnival Queens, compete for the Margarita Lozano medal.
Dozens of colorful designs for this costume are on exhibit for the public during the contest, some worth thousands of dollars, turning the festival into a veritable folk art gallery.