Since the inception of the San Pedro Holiday Lighted Boat Parade on Ambergris Caye seven years ago, residents and tourists have been looking forward to the special event that kicks off the holiday/tourist season on the island. Lights, sound and cheerful glee fill the night’s sky and everybody at Central Park, at home or at their special viewing spot has a great time.
The San Pedro Holiday Lighted Boat Parade organization is in full swing and the San Pedro Business Association is actively seeking the support of the local business community to assist us in ensuring that this will be a successful, fun event that can be enjoyed by the many spectators on the island. Ambergris Today has always been an avid supporter and sponsor of this special event. Here is an update from the SPBA as they ask the community for their full support in order to make the Boat Parade a smashing success once again.
- SPBA Release – “We ask that any business that will benefit from the parade, or that enjoys the boat parade will consider making a donation. We are seeking gift certificates and cash awards as the prizes for the Best Boat, Most Creative Boat, Most Religious boat etc receive prizes. The Mayor and Minister present lovely handmade trophies which are highly coveted. The school Christmas Carol competition is a great hit at the Central Park Block party and this year we again enjoy the Photo with Santa Booth hosted by Saga Humane Society.
The park will be the center of activity with food, drink and gift booths offering locally made items and seasonal specialties. Saga will decorating the stage and DJ Habo (David Marin) will be our Master of Ceremonies.
We have 5 boats signed up for the parade so far and we are truly looking forward to some spectacular light productions. Local businesses are offering great discounts for the boat parade participants - please check out the great variety of decorations and lighting available at Castillo’s Hardware, Wings and Caye Supplies.
We would like to thank Quick Silver Messenger Service for its donation of $250, Cholo’s Beach Bar for $100 and Lemon Crush Belize for the donation of a wonderful gift basket filled with locally made products with a retail value of $125.
The boat parade route will run from Wayo’s Beernet south to Caribbean Villas and then back to the park - this is a route of approximately 3 miles. The judges will be hosted by Caprice - the awesome restaurant located at the San Pedro Holiday Hotel. Our judges have been selected and will be hosted by Lara Goldman of Lemon Crush Belize.
Dolphin Productions is finalizing the t-shirt designs - which will be on sale at Central Park during the event between 6pm - 9pm.
Please do not hesitate to contact the SPBA to find out how you can help to keep this annual traditional going so that we can all participate in the fun. Telephone the office at 226-2799 or email us at <[email protected]>