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      The Boquete Feria de Las Flores y del Café   01/12/2017

      The Boquete Feria de Las Flores y del Café begins Thursday, January 12th and runs until Sunday, January 22nd. For those who have not yet seen -- and experienced -- this magnificent fair, you are in for a treat, and some inconveniences. Most importantly, you must see all of the flowers and the tiendas at and around the Fair Grounds here in Boquete.  During these eleven days you also need to be extremely careful, especially while driving and in planning your activities. In recent years there have been well in excess of 100,000 visitors to Boquete. Last year that number was closer to 200,000, and some predictions for 2017's Fair are closer to 300,000 people coming to our area to see the Fair. Traffic congestion will be the norm. Getting seats in restaurants will be difficult at times. Parking spaces will essentially be nonexistent. Buying groceries may be difficult and time consuming. Busses will be parked on the side streets, making driving difficult. There will be lots (as in LOTS) of people walking, standing around the bridge and the Feria and the many tiendas (small shops and stands [kiosks]) while taking pictures, talking, viewing the scenery, etc. Please be extremely attentive while driving, and drive slowly. Some streets will be blocked and require passes to use them. Other streets will simply be blocked based on congestion. Please be careful of your personal items, such as purses and wallets. Having so many people in one area creates a prime target for pickpockets and other maliantes to do their thing. To repeat, most importantly, you must see all of the flowers and the tiendas at and around the Fair Grounds here in Boquete.  Three closing thoughts. First: enjoy. Second: be safe. Third: you might wish to post your pictures, comments, reviews, etc., here on CL (start a topic or reply to an existing topic in http://www.chiriqui.life/forum/118-boquete-feria-de-las-flores-y-del-café/).   To provide general feedback or ask for help regarding Chiriqui.Life, please leave a posting in Problems, Feedback and Suggestions or email support@chiriqui.life or private message to @Admin_01.

Festival of a Thousand Polleras (Las Tablas)

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Festival of the Mil (1000) Polleras in Las Tablas, the capital of Los Santos Province.

For more information, see http://estoestour.com/organizan-detalles-del-desfile-las-mil-polleras-2017/, among other websites and newspaper articles.

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20,000 polleras boost Las Tablas economy

Posted on January 15, 2017 in Panama

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By Margot Thomas

THE  LA GALA  “Parade  of a 1000 Polleras” in Las Tablas, in Los Santos province,  on Saturday January 14, pumped  over $22.5 million into the local economy says Tourism Authority (ATP) administrator  Gustavo Him.


The seventh version of the parade actually involved some 20,000 women wearing differing polleras from every corner of Panama aiming  to showcase  the traditional dress of the country  as one of the most beautiful in the world, while promoting Panana  as a global tourist attraction.


The participants had to conform to the regulation of clothing authorized by the ATP, according to the correct and traditional use of the polleras of each region of the country.

Men wearing traditional regional shirts , and the  sombrero ‘pintao’ also participated

Gustavo Him presented the Flag of the Parade to  the  “honored” musician Dagoberto Yin Carrizo

Only  traditional murga, tuna or tamborito  instruments werw  allowed, and mobile music players and ghetto blasters were outlawed.

Hotels and  private rentals  were at saturation point and 40,000 vehicles and 125 000, visitors thronged to the region, outstripping last year’s totals said Gustavo Him.

Local craftspersons benefited from the making and selling of scores of thousands of souvenir shirts.

Carnival sell out
The organizers have only a brief recuperation period  before the local economy gets another major cash injection during carnival,  February 25 -28,  with not a room in hotels or private lodgings available.



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