It Rained On San Pedro, Belize’s St. George’s Caye Day Parade

September 10th is a national holiday in Belize that commemorates the British Baymen beating back the Spanish in very early Belize history.  The Battle of St. George’s Caye.  In San Pedro, Belize, to celebrate, the kids in town put on their uniforms (even though it’s a day off) and march in a parade.

Here are some pictures from the parade earlier today.  The kids were supposed to gather at 9am.  I arrived at about 9:20am and things were just getting together.


The big flag in Central Park was hanging a bit limp in the pre-stormy weather.  Perfect weather for a mosquito parade.IMG_2700 IMG_2701 IMG_2703

At about 10am, the Miss San Pedro float was still parked and empty.IMG_2706

I settled in at Caribbean Connections internet cafe on the porch with a nice cappucino.IMG_2707And to wait.  My favorite taxi parked for a minute.  Does he think this attracts clients?



About an hour and 45 minutes late, THE PARADE!IMG_2710 IMG_2711 IMG_2712

No celebration is complete without some HUGE speakers.IMG_2713 IMG_2714 IMG_2715 IMG_2719

Last year’s Miss San Pedro (closer) and our new queen.IMG_2720


Island Academy was up first…IMG_2722 IMG_2723 IMG_2724

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Then San Pedro Roman Catholic school and its officers.  It is a HUGE school.IMG_2737

IMG_2738 IMG_2739 IMG_2740 IMG_2741 And the High School.  I still can’t believe that these kids and their parents can keep these white uniforms white.  The girls’ classes are distinguished by their different color ties.  Not sure how the boys are differentiated.IMG_2742 IMG_2743 IMG_2755 IMG_2756 IMG_2758 IMG_2759

Miss San Pedro High.IMG_2761

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Kids upon kids upon kids.  Have a great holiday and peace out…IMG_2766Rain schmain, parades are always good times.