2019 San Pedro’s Jump Up Parade: Small but Mighty Independence Celebration
San Pedro, Belize had a HUGE Independence Day weekend planning for 2019. A Friday night concert Soca concert, 21 gun salute and traditional ceremony and a massive midnight fireworks display. That was all Independence Eve.
I kept my powder dry for the Jump Up Parade on Independence Day. There was a new route so that the parade started and ended in the newly refurbished Boca Del Rio park.
The massive new re-claimed beach made a perfect spot for an after party.
As always, September 21st was BLAZING HOT. Starting with some heavy dark clouds, a few spritzes and then even more heat. I headed to town knowing that the parade always starts at least an hour late…
But wanting to be there as the parade lines up. It’s the time when I can take the best photos! Here was staging area at 10am. The announced start time. Crickets.
A very pretty still day.
Let’s just get to the pictures. In the end, ABC Preschool assembled a FANTASTIC group all in white and glitter with the theme: 38. And then a serious group of pros from Belize City…a serious carnival crew joined our San Pedro town council.
DJ Debbie led with the VERY important music. Huge speakers = huge status in a Belizean parade. The bigger, the better.
And then…in no particular order – or even place (I watched the parade in three separate spots – it moves at a GO SLOW pace)….
Though some of the first photos I took were of our new Miss San Pedro. She was a bit early and it is SOOOO cute to watch little girls gawk at her. Even the pack of little boys sitting next to me (7-10 years old is my guess?) made sure I saw “the Queen”. “She’s so pretty, Miss.” My heart nearly burst.
And then The Queen of the Bay. A national pageant, the oldest in the country, won by a San Pedrano, Aaliyah Pilgrim.
And now…just lots of pictures. I was totally smitten with this costume.
And this one.
Crazy humidity, crazy heat…this is so impressive.
Remind me to find out more information on Salt Life Village – banner on the side of Sandy Toes truck.
The rum punch re-fill stations were as important as any other floats.
So fun…I hope everyone got the chance to be a part of it. For those who love visiting this island – I think it’s a time EVERYONE should visit just once.
Check out parades in the past below and get down here in September! Pin this to remember.