The Municipality of San José has accepted the participation of the Autonomous University of Central America (UACA) float in this year’s Festival of Light, even after its float last year was controversial. It was an unborn baby and there were many anti-abortion signs.
The application said the theme will be in favor of the family with no further information. The design is yet to be seen but the Municipality says it will assure that it lines up with the regulations set forth this year as to not allow political, religious, or ideological issues that cause division.
The festival is meant as a fun family event, not a platform. The regulations say the themes can be children, family, stories, toys, sports or biodiversity. This list was created after complaints last year.
Many are worried about the float UACA will make this year, as its rector stated that the theme is in defense of the “natural family,” while 60% of Costa Rican families are not classified that way. There are loving families of all types. There are single parents, kids living with grandparents, adoptions, and so on. All families should be defended.