Peru: Miraflores to close Larco Avenue for Independence Day celebrations


Living in Peru
Israel J. Ruiz

As July 28 – Peru’s Independence Day – approaches, more streets in many of Lima’s districts are being closed in preparation for Independence Day parades.

Even though the government has been criticized for holding these festivities and despite the fact that a great deal of traffic is already created by construction work, many districts have decided celebrations cannot wait until next year and have closed off more streets.

Such is the case in one of Peru’s most touristic districts.

Media has warned hundreds of motorists that one of Miraflores’ main avenues will be completely closed all day Saturday. La Fiesta de la Peruanidad and the Marcha por la Paz will have Larco Avenue closed from 7:30 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.

La Fiesta de la Peruanidad, which has been organized by the Municipality of Miraflores, is to begin at 9:30 a.m. and include a parade that will run from the district’s main roundabout to 28 de Julio Avenue.

Fifty schools along with the country’s Armed Forces are to march in the parade.

The Marcha por la Paz will begin at 3:30 p.m. and afterwards a concert is to be held at the roundabout in front of Kennedy Park.

Authorities have assured that there will be over 1,000 police officers directing traffic and making sure participants remain safe.