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Thursday, April 24 2014 @ 04:55 AM EDT

The Original "Chiva Parrandera" Concept Has Been Degraded

Nightlife, Bars, and PartyingThe creator of the concept of the "Chiva parrandera" in Panama, Jasmine Panay, said she has been out of this business for the past five years, and explained on the Telemetro morning news broadcast her original idea has been degraded to the point that last weekend a ground of minors were found drinking aboard one of these "mobile bars." Panay, who is also the owner of a recognized travel agency, explained this concept was brought to Panama from Cartagena, Colombia in 1994, where there is a very large tourism business, and given the success of this concept there, they wanted to try to duplicate the same idea here; to give tourists the opportunity to enjoy a different kind of city tour, with set schedules, tour guides, and traditional music. She also said from the moment she decided to try to bring this innovation to the country, she asked the Tourism Authorities who were in charge of issuing licenses at the time to regulate the activity because she saw the concept could proliferate, and she wanted to try to prevent cases like what occurred last weekend. (Panama America)

Editor's Comment: Over the weekend the police stopped one of these rolling bus parties and found it to be full of drunk minors. When they arrested them all and took them down to the police station, some of the parents who showed up gave the police a hard time for having arrested their drunk children. In Panama the legal drinking age is still eighteen years old, but it's common for minors to find ways to get around that limitation.

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