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In this Flashback you are standing with your camera right in front of Fido’s in the middle of the street looking down south. A quick glance will tell you that this is the same Barrier Reef you have known all the time. However, take a close look and you will see major differences.

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During the three days of Carnaval there was a lot of street dancing called “comparsas” from which the village folks derived a lot of fun and entertainment.

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Juan Carnabal was supposedly the name of the man in whose honor el Gran Carnabal de San Pedro was celebrated annually.  On Ash Wednesday, the day after el Carnabal, an effigy of Don Juan was made using a pair of pants and shirt stuffed with seaweed and a coconut for its head.  Don Juan Carnabal was paraded around town on a wheelbarrow or at times on the shoulder of two young men who w

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El Torito has been one of the all time favorite ‘comparsa’ (dance) during the three days of Carnabal.   This dance has one person dancing with the effigy of a bull and the rest of dancers are all bullfighters.  Then there is one ‘matador’ who is supposed to be the hero- the one who kills the bull by piercing the sword into the bull’s neck or back.

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If the San Pedro Lions Club would not exist, things would be quite different in San Pedro today. The Club was chartered in 1975 and has been roaring with power and dignity ever since.  This flashback represents some of the high officials during the very first Lions Convention in San Pedro, and posing in front of the Lions Clinic.

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Santa Claus is the same whether it is in Australia or in Belize and on this grand occasion he is at the Central Park on San Pedro.  The photo shows a small white house on the right hand which is where the renowned Alijua Building is presently located. The white one on the left is the old police station that stood right next to the park.

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The groundwork and lobbying for Township had taken place and November 27, 1984 had arrived. Several government ministers, Dame Minita Gordon, Governor General of Belize, and our Area Representative, Hon. Louis Sylvestre were all in San Pedro for the signing of the declaration.

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In our circle of affairs we normally focus on ‘Welcomes’ rather than Good-byes. However, this one is very close with personal attachments.  We are seeing the demolition of The Perez family home and La Popular tortilla factory in San Pedro Town, Ambergris Caye.

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There is one thing Former principal of San Pedro High has done very well and it is to knock at doors of opportunity.

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Caribeña Fishing Cooperative (1st pic) and Caribeña Enterprises (2nd pic) are two completely separate entities.  The first was a powerful fishing cooperative that exported marine products from 1965 to 1985.  The second is a business firm that deals with gasoline, cable TV, internet, and discotheque.  However there are some similarities of with these two.  Both carry the name

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A casual look at this Flashback Pic might get you wondering what part of the village in the 1970’s this could be.  Or you might wonder whether this could be some other village of Belize. Could that building with a square water reservoir be the community center, now the town hall?

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“It was the tenth day of SeptemberThe ninety eighth ano domimi.When our forefathers won the glorious fightThe Battle of St. George’s Caye.”

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It was the turn of the century and the millennium and it was foretold that the world would come to an end.  Well, it was not the end, but certainly very scary.  There are many stories to be told like: “lucky”. “heroic”, “rescue”,  “unlucky”, and even “help in the aftermath”. 

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Is the peaceful fishing village of San Pedro under attack?  Will these ferocious looking aircrafts drop a bomb over the island?  What can the people of San Pedro do to be under cover?   The fact is that San Pedro was indeed under the attack of the thunderous noise of these British combat aircrafts- The Harriers.

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They commenced their participation in singing for church events way back in the days of our beloved parish priest Reverend Robert Raszkowski S.J.  They sang mostly acapella and without amplifiers. However as time progressed they were accompanied with guitar and then with electronic keyboard.

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Quite a few people will remember these Flashback pictures taken in the early 1990’s when the late rapper Tupac, Snoop Dogg (now Snoop Lion), Mc Hammer and Suge Night vacationed in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize.

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A wedding is a wedding, now and then; it includes a bride and a groom, “padrinos”, and maids. Yes there is an exchange of wedding rings and a cake and if fortunate some pretty clothing. The one big difference of weddings of the past from those of today was the décor.

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Let us concentrate on all words in the name of this organization.  Why GREAT? At the time it was the greatest thing to happen to San Pedro.  San Pedro was making the transition from a small fishing community to a name in the exportation of lobsters and other marine products. It was the backbone of our economy and a boost to the government of Belize.

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The Rosary is a Catholic rite practiced in various forms here in San Pedro. It is done at Church, at homes, wakes, and the processions on the streets of the town.  It was in  the 1980’s that our parish priest, the late Reverend Robert Razskowski along with Mrs.

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The page below is a photograph of an actual page from a diary in which the Gomez family kept notes of incomes and expenses during the 1940’s.  This particular page shows the cost of living and prices of common groceries.

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