Only three groups of comparsas (Street Dancers) made it out to the streets of San Pedro for Carnaval this year; they are the loyal group of committed dancers and Carnaval enthusiasts of Doña Flora’s Group, the San Pedro AIDS Commission and the Barbies men’s group. Day two of Carnaval in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize, was heightened by the dance presentations of these three amazing groups.
When you take a closer look at the intricate costumes these groups come up with, closely listen to the song lyrics and see how passionately they dance for hours through the streets of downtown, you get to appreciate the dances even more. Laugh at the lyrics and crazy dancing until your belly hurts and follow the comparsas down the streets as every time there is something new or a surprise on hand. It’s a great part of Carnaval in San Pedro.
The members of these groups show a real passion and dedication towards keeping the culture of Carnaval alive over the years. They take time off work, spend money putting their individual costumes together, but most of all they have so much fun entertaining the large crowd that gathers to enjoy the show.
The San Pedro AIDS Commission
Barbies Men’s Group
Doña Flora’s Group
As for the painting, that has always been a huge part of Carnaval that is mostly popular with the youth; but you cannot keep some older folks at home who have been enjoying it for years and years. You will find plenty of them just walking the streets or lounging at a local bar enjoying some cocktails while they enjoy the comparsas and painting revelers, of course all drenched in paint themselves.