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MUSIC AND PARADES IN NOVEMBER, November is when Panama celebrates its separation from Colombia and its independence from Spain. On the 3rd, 4th, 10th and 28th of that month there will be parades all over the country, with schools, independent bands and governmental entities showing fancy footwork as they pay homage to the nation and the national symbols.
Around 69 schools and six independent bands in the Capital City will march for the two days, creating a spectacle of music, dance and color. Every year these schools come with different uniforms and perform for the enjoyment of the public.
To encourage the children to keep following this tradition, the Deputy Minister of Education, Carlos Staff announced that prizes will be given to the schools and independent bands that give the best performance. They will be evaluated by professionals along the parade route.
After the parade finishes there will be artistic presentations on a stage at the Coastal Strip, with local singers and folkloric troupes.
Music and parades.
This year the parades in the capital city will take place on the Coastal Strip and Balboa Avenue. They will begin at 9:00 a.m. on Friday, November 3 and will finish around 6:30 p.m. On Saturday, November 4 they will begin at 8:00 a.m., finishing at 6:30 p.m.
It is important to note that the Coastal Strip will be closed to vehicular traffic at 5:00 a.m. from the Manuel Amador Guerrero School up to Via Italia, while Balboa Avenue will be closed from Via Ecuador up to Avenida B
The director of the Civil Protection National System (Sinaproc), Jose Donderis, said that there will be control post in the beach areas, national parks and paths to prevent and help in case of accidents. Because heavy rains are usual at this time of year bathing in rivers is prohibited.