The carnival queen, who was crowned in the Anayansi Theater, will also compete as Miss Panama at the Miss Universe pageant and serve as an ambassador of tourism in Panama for a year. Joining the queen are her two princesses Nabil Gonzalez, 23 years old, and Rocío Lezcano, 20 years old. Carnival in Panama City will be held from February 9 to 12, with a budget of B/ 2.75 million.
The carnival organizers, a group of professionals and the Panama Tourism Authority (ATP), seek to surpass all of the figures reached last year. They expect that 21,500 tourists and 23 international journalists will come to watch the five days of spectacles that are made possible by the participation of 800,000 people, featuring 129 national artists, 48 congo dancing groups and 10 trucks with tanks full of water to spray on the crowds. The four days of parades will have 50 floats, including the biggest float in Carnival history, measuring 100 feet high. They will once again have the support of the security forces of the Red Cross, National Civil Protection System (SINAPROC), the National Police and the City Hall of Panama.
The Carnival will be held on the Coastal Strip and the theme is to remind the attendees of the V Centenary of Balboa's crossing of the Darién, when he discovered the South Sea. Panama will celebrate this grand feat in different ways throughout 2013. The ATP views Carnival of the City as a major tourism product and a grand national holiday that evolves every year to attract tourists and economic benefits.