We Don’t Play: San Pedro’s Independence Jump-Up Parade 2022
Yesterday was Independence Day in Belize – September 21, 2022, and Belize turned 41 years old. If you’ve been to this tiny country you know that Belizeans are so proud of where they were born but man…it really shines through on the 21st of September. Here’s a great song to get you in the mood – an oldie but a goody. If this song doesn’t make you try to dance, nothing will
And after 3 years of celebration cancellations due to COVID, it was ON. The San Pedro Jump Up Parade was sooo good. I LOVE that kids were back in it. (The previous town council administration had restricted kids/school participation for some reason – alcohol consumption I believe?) But it’s so fun to see kids and adults having so much fun together. The energy was amazing…even though the temperature (real-feel) was about 100. (I used sanpedrowx.com for those calculations)
The parade was an almost straight line this year (usually it winds through the streets of town – back and forth) – and I couldn’t figure out how to take pictures at the beginning so this year I was in the midst of it…more action shots…
BUT my friend Mike W. took some AMAZING shots so I’m going to give you both…his are so good…let’s start there. And then I’ll get to my B-roll.
Mike…south of San Pedro town.
Love the Police Cadets.
This parade is just joy…and hours and hours of work with glue guns around the island!
The queen of Hol Chan’s float….beautiful.
Ramon Village Resort celebrating its 35th anniversary. They had so much energy – THANK YOU RAMONS!
The Belikin Truck was keeping people hydrated with bags of water and cans of cold beer.
Thank you Mike – these pictures are AMAZING and I’m inspired to head down south – it looks like it was waaay less crowded down there!
And now to mine…I was in the canyon of heroes 😉 Just by the traffic circle north of town.
I’m just going to share a bunch in chronological order and try not to dwell on the fact that I got hit hard in the head by a piece of Mexican candy. Ha.
After a grey morning, the sun was shining and a party was ready to happen at the parade’s end point – Boca Del Rio park.
Holy bouncy castle.
My friend Luis and his son.
Hi Billy! The amazing crew at RRR Rescues.
This huge crew! Did you know that you can join them if you order a costume ahead of time? I think it was $50bzd this year…
How fun would THAT be on your vacation?
Awesome, amazing, well done, impressive, joyous. I couldn’t stop smiling.
But then it was time to head home…and EVERYONE was headed to the after party…
Thank GOODNESS September celebrations are back on. Thank you to everyone who participated…months of practicing and planning and crafting all so we can enjoy for a few hours. I LOVE IT.