I think I can make it official. September 21st, Belize’s Independence Day, is my favorite holiday of the year. I so love a parade – and when you know at least half the paraders (all having the time of their lives), the parade is extra fun, extra special.
(Though I’m wondering if the Platypus taped into his costume could say the same.)
Here are my pictures. I took too many but luckily for you, most are action shots and came out horribly. Here are some of the decent ones.
When I arrived early on the beach front for the line-up, some darker clouds were coming in…but the weather held out. HOT but rain-free.
DJ Debbie was already getting things started on the beach.
You want to make sure that your music is HEARD.
Here’s something that you don’t see every day. KIds were swarming Mickey, Minnie and Perry the Platypus – part of why the parade was moving so slowly.
Beautified carts were lining up – I think I took about 100 pictures of just this one flowery buggy.
This gorgeous glittertastic 33. I hope everyone who celebrates that birthday this year is able to borrow it for their party.
Our new Miss San Pedro and her mom.
The Town Council was handing out candy and fans. Both were SO welcome.
IT WAS HOT! I took a few minutes to wait in the air conditioning at a local supermarket. I took this selfie. Does this tattoo make me look too tough? Too gangsta?
The one on my face had melted off long before…
Back out there. The employees for the Town Council.
Some walking and dancing and some riding…
And the twirlers.
And a fellow photographer and parade fan.
Miss SP on her float.
And Wings Store.
The Medical School came next…go Tara!
And then a blast of pink and yellow and glitter…the friends of Island Academy. This guy was ROCKING the mike.
Sandy from Searious Adventures and Melody of Belizean Melody’s Art Gallery & Studio.
Mom dancing. Kids dancing. This dad (from El Pescador Lodge) waving a massive Belizean flag.
I have more pictures…but I need to break this up a bit! Stay tuned for…Part Two.