September 22nd, 2015 (ICR News) The annual carnival in Limon, part of the Municipal Cultural Week which celebrates Columbus’ discovery of the Americas on October 12th, 1492, typified in Octobers of years past with a week-long carnival of dance troupes, parades, street dances, and plenty of the unique foods of the Limon province, has been canceled, municipal officials confirm.
“The cancellation of the carnival is official. There is no money in the municipal coffers to pay for it. In addition, we don’t have a fair ground […] In recent years [the carnival] has become a mess, with lots of disorder,” municipal council president, Ramon Retana told reporters.
Last year, a gang of drug traffickers threatened to kill innocent carnival-goers and “stain the carnival with blood” in a written threat circulated in the media.
Last year also turned out to be a money-loser for the municipality. “Last year we had a loss of ¢10 million and still haven’t recovered it all,” Retana said.