St. George’s Caye Holiday in Belize: San Pedro’s Uniform Parade

I love a parade.  The drum lines, the loud music, the candy flying, the patriotism, the pageant queens, the kids…love it.

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But if you are a child in San Pedro?  I’m not sure about the love.  Today is a national holiday – to celebrate the Battle of St. George’s Caye.  When a small group of British baymen and their slaves defeated the evil Spanish.  I’m sure they were evil…and had those long waxed twisty evil guy mustaches.

Kids have the day off from school in Belize but on Ambergris Caye, there is a catch.  You need to be in the Central Park at 9am in your uniform for a mandatory parade.

Most were still in a pretty good mood.

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I was there too.  Here’s what I saw this morning.  And if you haven’t listened to it, here is the song for the 10th of September.  Hip Hip Hooray!  It’s a good soundtrack to listen to while viewing these pictures.

Here comes the parade…

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IMG_1562Our beautiful new Miss San Pedro.  Crowned officially this morning.

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Look at this line of decorated carts!

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I love this mesh top.

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Parents were getting into it too!

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Look at these cool customers.  San Pedro really has the cutest kids.

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Even tiny babies all dolled up.

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Great parade…and now all the kids get to go home and do what kids do.  Happy Holiday everyone!

 

 





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  • Looks like a great parade! What always used to get me about parades in San Pedro is how cool and collected the vast majority of the kids looked, while I stood on the sidelines, dripping wet, swabbing my face with my bandanna, and wondering how they did it!

    • Belize Blog

      Ha. It’s true. Even though the sun wasn’t really shining (we are in a bit of a rainy/overcast spell right now), it’s HOT (as you know). The only ones I saw sweating were the drummers…and even that was more of a sparkle than a sweat. We gringos have the corner on the ugly sweating market.