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It might have been the state of the economy with the recession affecting our tourism season, but even thought there were only eight entries at this year’s Holiday Boat Parade, San Pedro residents came out in masses and tourists were out enjoying the Fifth Annual Holiday Boat Parade that took place on Saturday, December 4, 2010.

It was another fantastic and successful year for the Holiday Boat Parade as the lighted boats cruised in front of San Pedro Town from Boca del Rio to Caribbean Villas. The parade started at 7pm and judges Mayor Elsa Paz, Einer Gomez, Miss San Pedro Natasha Stuart, Diane Lawrence, and Will Alamilla had the difficult task of assigning the winners.

With four entries of the parade canceling at the last minute, things seemed grim for the Holiday Boat Parade this year. But once the eight boats were out at sea it was clear that San Pedro was still in the Holiday spirit. Lights twinkling, music blazing and constant cheering and screaming signaled the coming of the Christmas Holiday season for San Pedro. It was a great show of lights and holiday spirit once again.

And the Winners Are:
The Best Overall Winner: Sirena Azul of Blue Tang Inn - $1000
Best Overall (2nd place): San Pedro Lions Club- $500
Most Artistic: Sea Symphony- $500 (Prize money donated to RC Primary School)
Best Religious: Holy Cross Anglican School- $500
Junior Division: Holy Cross Anglican School -$500 worth of School Supplies
Mayor Trophy: San Pedro AIDS Commission
Honorable Mentions: Searious Adventures, Canadian Connection and The Rum Punch

Congratulations to all the winners and to the committee for pulling off another successful boat parade.
 

Boat Parade Sponsors:
BTB, A&R, Ambergris Today, Atlantic Bank, BC’s, Belikin/Coca Cola/Crystal, Belize Bank, Big Daddy’s Beach Bar, Blue Iguana, Blue Tang Inn, Blue Water Grill, Caliente’s, Capt. Sharks , Caramba’s, Caribbean Treasures, Caribbean Villas Hotel, Caribeña Enterprises, Castillo’s Hardware, Caye Casa, Caye Caulker Water Taxi, Caye Supplies, Cholo’s Cart Rental, Conch Creative, Crazy Canuks Beach Bar, Crave Restaurant, D’Sea Deli & Conv. Store, Estel’s Dine by the Sea, Fido’s Restaurant & Bar, First Caribbean Bank, The Great House Hotel, Hidden Treasures Restaurant, Holiday Hotel, Jim Huber, Lily’s Treasure Chest, Maya Island Air, Mayan Princess Hotel, Mojito Bar & Grill, Mousepad, Wahoo’s Lounge, Old Craft Shop, Quick Silver Msgr. Svc.  & Go Phones, Reef Radio, San Pedro Sun, San Pedro Town Council, Spindrift Hotel, Sunbreeze Hotel  & Sunbreeze Suites, TackleBox, Tanisha Tours, The Art of Touch Massage Studio, Tropic Air, Mr. & Mrs. Javier Williams, Wine de Vine, Xanadu Resort.

photos by Jose Luis Zapata Photography

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5 Comments

  1. avatar

    The Boat Parade was nice too bad the Town Council didn't have the street lights on as well as the Christmas Tree. It would have contributed to the Christmas Spirit. Some lights on the municipal pier would have been great as well. They have to be more creative!

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    The Sea Symphony was obviously the best.

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    I agree with the previous posting, the town council di lamp up... Wake up town council!!!

    What a great list of sponsors...congrats to the Jan and the committee and of course to the sponsors. Jan does some great work and we should have more people like that in our community.  Now that being said i think that if the prizes were more attractive, we would see more particiption.  Is there really a need for a sponsor boat? A special sponsor tent can be made up for all sponsors and that would save a lot of money that could be put towards the cash prizes. Please consider this for next year...

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    I think that the date for the Boat Parade should be changed to like mid December when there are more tourist in the island. And yes I agree with the previous posting there is no need for a sponsor boat. Take that money and put it towards a prize.

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    The boat parade is scheduled just prior to high sesaon specifically because many of the boats are used during the tourist high season and would not be available. If there were more private boats that would consider entering then a later date could possibly be an option. With the increasing popularity of the boat parade, it may no longer be just a "community event" but could be also a tourist attraction. It would definitely need more boats however which means much more commitment from the people of the community.

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