This year’s carnival – with the slogan “A country in celebration” – kicks off today with the crowning of Panama City’s carnival queen and an exodus toward the interior of the country.
From Saturday to Tuesday in the city, daily activities include culecos (the spraying of water from cistern trucks) from 9 am to 3 pm around Calle 27; carnival group processions from 5 pm to 7 pm; and performing artists on one of the three main stages from 7 pm to 4 am. Parades depart the Fish Market and head north at 4 pm on Saturday and Sunday, 7 pm on Monday and 2 am on Wednesday after the burial of the sardine.
Meanwhile, it is estimated that 400,000 people will board buses at Albrook terminal, and over 600,000 cars will take to the Pan-American Highway, all headed towards the interior provinces and beaches.
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