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Thursday was Desampas’ turn to party, as the Carnaval de Desamparados filled the streets with dance and music, this year coinciding with the canton’s 150th anniversary celebration.

Marching bands, floats, cheerleaders, motorcyclists and classic autos thrilled the thousands who braved the cold air of the two kilometres between the municipal building and the Olympic Village.

The Carnaval was a tradition in San José, following the Tope, every year. Several years ago, however, the carnaval moved to Desamparados.

Editor’s note: Desamparados is called “Desampa” by the locals.

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