September 10th is the first officially holiday of September – to celebrate the Battle of St. George’s Caye in 1798. The Spanish, invading from Mexico, tried AGAIN to expel the British Baymen and their slaves from Belize.
The small Baymen crew was victorious. And along with Independence Day on September 21st (some 183 years later) it makes September a full month of red white and blue celebration.
Yesterday, San Pedro started the day with the coronation of our new Miss San Pedro 2016-2017 and a uniform parade with school children and various organizations.
It was a beautiful SCORCHER (just like today) and by 9am (the official meet-up time) it had to feel like 95+ in the sun. (Accuweather has today’s temperature predicted as a high of 88 – “real feel 109).
Let’s get to the ceremonies. The stage was set for the national anthem, a prayer, opening statements by the Mayor and our Area Representative, a performance by ERNESTINE CARBALLO (LOVE HER!)…
…and the crowning of the new Miss San Pedro.
The high school kids arriving at the field.
Kids outside getting ice. Did I mention it was HOT?
And the Belize Water Services group lining up….
And now the entrance of our pageant ladies. Here is the outgoing queen (in her cape) and the new Miss San Pedro.
And the procession in with the town council.
Up onto the stage where the cape, the sceptre and the crown were passed to the new “beauty ambassador”.
Then it was time for Ernestine to perform…to get the wilting kids “hyped up”.
She was so good…three songs ending with “Loose” – a song you are going to hear again and again this Carnival season. It’s good.
On to the parade!
ACES School and their queen.
Elvi’s Kitchen celebrating their 40th anniversary.
SO many high school kids.
And Miss San Pedro High School.
Lots of music, lots of cuteness, lots of HEAT. Hope you all had a good holiday. Now…on to the next one!