The San Pedro Carnaval celebrations were kick started with a party at Central Park on Saturday, February 18, 2012, with plenty of dances, food, drinks, a short skit and the crowning of the new Miss Carnaval 2012.
The San Pedro Town Council put on a lively show with dance presentations provided by the San Pedro Dance Group that provided entertainment of modern lively Carnaval music and the Dynamic Dancers that reenacted the traditional old Carnaval comparsa dances. A highlight of the evening was the presentation of “Los Enmascarados” (Masked Men) who traditionally took to the streets before Carnaval to scare the children of the village. Los Enmascarados took to the stage in full costume and entertained the audience. Doña Flora’s comparsa dancers also provided a show of the traditional street dancing presentations on stage.
The San Pedro High School Drama Club also provided laughter with a short skit depicting the marriage of don Juan Carnaval to one of his many brides. The skit, prepared by Angel Nuñez, brought much humor to the evening.
Miss Carnaval 2011 Ileny Aguilar was on hand to crown the new Miss Carnaval, Miss Miriam Rodriguez who was delighted to invite the audience to participate in the celebrations for the next three days.
Mayor Elsa Paz and Ambergris Today were also busy selecting the winners of the competition for the evening. Prizes were handed for the Best Carnaval Themed Booth: Bayside Bar and Eatin’ Shack; Best Carnival Inspired Drink: San Pedro Carnaval Booth and Best Carnaval Food: Blue Hole Bar.