It might have been the smallest parade with only seven participating boats, but it was the year with the biggest prizes!! The parade committee, with assiatance from Hol Chan Marine Reserve and the Belize Tourism Board, accumulated $10,000 in prizes to share with this year's participants. This means that there were prizes for everyone, that included a $3,000 first place prize, which went to last year's champion Caye Da Di Sea - Dooley Bear Adventures (Lisa and Ronnie Cyrier).
What the parade lacked in numbers, it made up in spirit, energy, and beautiful lights. Dooley Bear's boat was a giant octopus that brought a big smile to your face, while the AIDS Commission touched the hearts of everyone as they paid tribute to a fallen angel in the community. Their shining angel was in honor of Felix Ayuso who was murdered earlier this year. The Shine boat was full of energy as the organization members did not stop dancing and singing and ACES (American Crocodile Education Sanctuary) had Santa Claus riding on top of a giant corocodile. How fun is that?
If you were not able to witness the spectacle of lights here is a recap in video and pictures. Which one was your favorite?
1st Place - $3000 - Caye Da Di Sea by Dooley Bear Adventures
1st Place Charity - $2,000 - Island Divers Belize by San Pedro AIDS Commission
2nd Place - $2,000 - Seastar by Shine Belize
3rd Place - $1,500 - Belize Celebrity Diving by ACES
4th Place - $500 - Not Too Shabby by Good World Trading ($250 from Captain Sharks + 2 Cases of Beer)
5th Place - $250 - Hook Line and Sinker ($250 from Captain Sharks + 2 Cases of Beer)
6th Place - $250 - Laminar Fly ($250 from Captain Sharks + 2 Cases of Beer)
Caye Da Di Sea by Dooley Bear Adventures
Island Divers Belize by San Pedro AIDS Commission
Seastar by Shine Belize
Belize Celebrity Diving by ACES
Not Too Shabby by Good World Trading
Hook Line and Sinker
It's the YOLO by Island Dream Tours