Parita celebrates 459 years of existence

Una carreta con una empollerada en el desfile del año pasado en Parita.

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An oxencart with an “empollerada” at last year’s parade in Parita.

An oxencart with an “empollerada” at last year’s parade in Parita.

Parita is a small town in Herrera province, famous for its religious and cultural festivals that attract tourists all year round. From Friday 18 to Sunday, August 20 the town will celebrate the 459 anniversary of its foundation with religious ceremonies, folkloric dance troupe performances and the traditional oxcart parade.

During those days the inhabitants adorn their porches with handicraft typical of the region to welcome the delegations that come from the nearby towns. The celebration includes a mass, a civic act at the Municipal Palace, in which the official speaker lectures about the history of the district and a parade in which schools, municipal and private organizations participate.

Each neighborhood elects its Queen, who will participate in a contest to select the Foundation Queen the Saturday before the great parade which take place on Sunday, where ladies wearing “polleras” and men attired with “camisillas” (typical costumes) wave from the oxcarts that participate in the parade.

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