An Independence Day Parade for the books as the Flying Piñata Makes a Comeback - The rain might have postponed the celebrations one week back and it was not the biggest parade ever, but the always-festive people of San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize, put on a spectacular show of colors, music and dance during one of the island’s biggest events.
Last week’s rain delay only helped fuel everybody’s energy to maximum level and allowed more groups to join in on the fun, all eager to celebrate Belize’s Independence.
For the first time ever, the parade took more of a Caribbean Carnival theme as the Carnival group leader of Belize City, The Titans, were invited to lead the parade along with the San Pedro Town Council float and a new group emerged to bring even more spectacle to the parade with feathery Carnival costumes. The Mystic Mas Band organized a 75-plus group of beautiful ladies who performed in gorgeous costumes and choreographed dances throughout the length of the parade.
Best Group Parade Winners:
1st – Mystic Mas Band
2nd – ABC Pre School
3rd – Debbie Spain
Best Float – ABC Pre School
Mystic Mas Band
ABC Pre School
Debbie Spain Group
Best Float by ABC Pre School
“This is the best Carnival celebration in Belize that I have ever been to!” shouted out lead female singer of Gilharry 7 band on stage as she hyped up the crowd that gathered at Central Park as the parade came to a conclusion. The famous Belizean band took charge of the after party along with the San Pedro Town Council that kick started a huge Color Powder Party.
At one point in the celebrations, everybody’s attention went up to the skies as a helicopter started hovering above Central Park; the doors opened to reveal Mayor Daniel Guerrero and Hon. Manuel Heredia, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Civil Aviation, who started releasing candy to the crowds below. The San Pedro Town Council brought back the traditional Flying Piñata of yesteryears that featured a small plane zooming across the park throwing candy below. This year the Town Council stepped it up a notch; Mayor Danny commented that the celebrations will only get bigger and better in years to come.
Miss San Pedro 2015 Iris Salguero leads the parade
San Pedro Dance and Music Academy
Titans group from Belize City joins up with SPTC members
Camp Starfish with their FUN bicyles on parade
Mystic Mas Band
Caye Supplies/Rick's Custom Carts
Color Powder Party at Central Park
Gilharry 7 Concert at Central Park post parade
San Pedro Town Council staff kick off Color Powder Party