The traditions of Coronado are really interesting.
The first tradition people think of in Panama is Carnival and the funny thing about Coronado is that Coronado is where everybody comes to stay to hide from Carnival. So the biggest tradition in Panama really doesn’t occur here. Carnival occurs in some of the other towns and the people come here to attend the event in the other town. Coronado is sort of like the safe haven from the culeco, which is the big truck with the water canon shooting everybody. People leave from Coronado to go watch and experience Carnival somewhere else.
Coronado is like a big bubble of a different part of the international world and then people leave the bubble to go get the real Panamanian experience in Penonomé or Chame or Las Tablas or those places where the Carnival really occurs.
In Coronado they love New Year’s Eve. It’s like nothing you’ve ever seen. There are fireworks as far as the eye can see. They also love fireworks on Christmas. I love it when people say “Oh, I can’t believe they’re shooting fireworks.” If that bothers you, put the pillow over your head. The people here have a zest for life that you have never seen before when it comes to celebrating those types of events, and then it’s over and it’s fine again.
Even though there are lots of expats in Coronado, the traditions of Coronado are still not overrun, because it’s still Panamanian. It’s just that these big Panamanian festivals just don’t happen to be in Coronado. Coronado is young, relatively speaking, as a town. It’s only 37 years old. It’s not a town like Las Tablas where the tradition has been going on forever.