The last Parade of a Thousand Polleras beat all expectations with the enrollment of over 10,000 pollera skirts. As 2012 has been a dry season, visitors will be able to even better appreciate the splendid traditional dress of Panama, as well as other folkloric and stylized dresses for the occasion, and the classic white shirt and painted hat on the men. This parade will also include student delegations, street musicians, floats and carriages, all with the intention of highlighting the culture and traditions of the Panamanian people.
A day before the parade, on Friday, January 11, in the Porras Park of Las Tablas, a cultural and folkloric event will be held to give certificates and awards to outstanding Panamanian artisans and crafts workers. Traditional music and rhythms from yesteryear that highlight the violin will be played, such as the ballroom dances of the elegant punto, waltz, a native cousin to the waltz pasillo and cumbia.
Security agencies have confirmed that during the 2010 Parade of a Thousand Polleras in the city of Las Tablas there were no security disruptions, despite the arrival of more than 200,000 people, both nationals and foreigners. This year the 2013 organizers plan to improve certain aspects of the parade, to further increase the number of visitors.
In the spirit of preserving the unique essence of the folkloric representation of Panama, no commercial advertising nor political propaganda will be permitted along the thousand skirts parade route, on structures visible from the parade or on the participating floats. This way, the only attention-grabber will be the beauty of the Panamanian pollera.