The 2018 Jump Up Parade for September 21st – Independence Day was extra awesome this year. It just seemed a little bit longer…a little bit more colorful…super fun.
And despite the fact that it is always BLAZING hot in late September in Belize (think 100% humidity and temperature that feels over 100) and the parade always starts a bit late…I wouldn’t miss it for anything.
There is a bigger parade in Orange Walk, Belize on the 21st – and ONE DAY, I keep saying, I will totally make it to that one. But I just can’t seem to rip myself away from San Pedro.
This year it was SO GOOD to see some of the schools participating again. There has been a bit of controversy in years past…about kids and drinking (many of the floats have coolers and bartenders!) but I love to see Island Academy and ABC Pre-School parading again.
So here’s a look back at some historical (and recent) photos. I always wish I had taken old photos all over San Pedro – and of everyone. I wish I had more photos of the sand streets when I first moved here. Or buildings before they were torn down – like BC’s Bar.
But the parade provides me a good look back. I’ll start with the woman I call the Queen of San Pedro Jump Up – Sherlette – who KILLS it for ABC Pre-School every single year.
2011 as a Blue Morpho Butterfly.
And now BACK for 2018!
Wait…why am I the only one aging?!?!
And Amy from Wild Mango’s…awesome.
And Miss San Pedro…
And TOTAL EXTRA CREDIT for wearing this thick velvet cape in the heat!