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Parade of A Thousand Polleras: Panama

Photo by | JR Ferrer Paris

Thousands of Panamanian women paraded through the streets in the city of Las Tablas, the capital of Los Santos, the Province known for having the finest traditional dress in the country. A display of colorful outfits and motifs, an array of unique pieces carried with pride and passion took place during The Parade of a Thousand Polleras, last Sunday the 27th of November. The event was a show full of color, style and elegance that attracted crowds of tourists and locals.

The Pollera is the traditional Panamanian skirt which was inherited from the Spanish style; the outfit is traditionally composed of two parts, a skirt and shirt. Usually white with floral lace embroidery, the Pollera is made laboriously by hand.

With a distinct variety in each region, the Pollera is used in the Panamanian folk dances like la cumbia, el punto, and el pasillo as well as in parades and Carnivals.

In the first edition of the parade, held last year, more than 4,000 women of all ages attended, dressed in their traditional style. Thousands more joined the celebration as observers from balconies and streets. Many men also joined dressed in the traditional shirts with their unique hats. The street show was watched by more than 200,000 people.

This year, the organizers’ expectations were exceeded by the number of spectators and participants at this cultural event that displayed in all Panama’s splendor of wealth, folklore and traditions.

“The Parade of a Thousand Polleras is an excellent opportunity to showcase the beauty and exuberance of our traditions in a colorful and picturesque event that generates an increase in tourism demand in the Las Tablas region and a positive impact on restaurants, transportation and artisan handicrafts,” said Ernesto Orillac, Vice-Minister of the Tourism Authority of Panama.

By: Enjoy Panama