It looked like the participants of this year's Holiday Boat Parade bought out all the Christmas lights in town. The boats were all lit up with colorful lights and cheerful with music, song and dance! The Holiday Boat Parade boasted 11 boat entries, double that of last year. That meant double the light, double the fun, double the Christmas cheer at this year's annual event.
Ramon's Village pulled out all the stops once again and secured the big win with two boat entries. Their Belize Navidad with Santa Claus, Christmas trees, snowmen and reindeers took first place and their second boat took fourth place with a Nativity Scene. Fun Boats like ACES's 'Merry Crocmas' won Best Charity Boat while Kids in Action boat entertained with Sponge Bob Square Pants and Patrick Star. They took the prize for Best Small Boat.
The San Pedro Chapter of the Belize Tourism Industry Association (BTIA) starred with their Captain Conch display and Projects Abroad promoted the the protection of sea creatures by saying NO to plastic straws. Both organizations kept true to their work in keeping the environment clean. Overall, it was another fun event with hundreds of residents and visitors flocking to viewing stations and lining the beach to view the amazing displays of lights over the water. The organizing team of the parade managed to collect over $11,000 in cash and prizes for the winners. Congratulations to all who participated!
1st place ($5,000): Ramon’s Village Resort (Belize Navidad boat)
2nd place ($2,000): BTIA On Sea Star’s boat. Sponsor: The Truck Stop
3rd Place ($1,000): Team Chingon Sponsor: Castillo’s Hardware
4th Place ($500): Ramon’s Village Resort (Nativity Scene)
Best Charity Boat ($2,000): ACES Boat: Wayo Not Sponsor: Sandbar
Best Small Boat ($1,000): Kids in Action On Belize Diving Adventures boat Sponsor: San Pedro Tour Operators Association
Projects Abroad Boat: Xsite Belize Sponsor: Rickilee Response & Rescue
QE Toon Sponsor: GoodWorld Trading
Department of Youth Services Sponsored by Island Divers
Pan D Joyride
Reel Secret Sponsored by Captain Sharks
50/50 Raffle raised $644
Winner of $322: Katie Henry
Major Sponsors: BTB; Hol Chan Marine Reserve; SP Town Council; Captain Sharks
Ramon's Village in 1st Place
BTIA Team in 2nd Place
Team Chingon 3rd Place
Ramon's Village in 4th Place
ACES - Best Charity Boat
Best Small Boat - Kids in Action
Honorable Mentions and Prizes