The National Tope 2018 had more than 3,200 riders parading through the capital. This popular tradition started back in the ‘40s when ranchers in Guanacaste would hold bullfights and horsemen of the capital would show off their animals. The country becomes a party during these days.
The parade went from Paseo Colon to the Virilla River bridge. There was dancing, great food, lots of spirits and even more plaid shirts and cowboy hats. It’s interesting how a town like Barrio Lujan which is normally full of teen skateboarders gets converted into an equestrian fiesta.
The party passes by Puchos, where trans queens greeted the cart that carried the year’s honoree, José Manuel Agüero Echeverría, the owner of a stable in Guararí de Birrí de Heredia.
Many prominent brands showed off models in low-cut shirts and tight-fitting pants on horses. As they pass by they blow kisses at the public who are congregating on the sidewalks with beers, cokes and ice creams. Kids run up to pet the horses.
The Tope lives on in social media with the hashtag #Tope2018.