Lovely HOT San Pedro 2023 Uniform Parade to Celebrate the Battle of St George’s Caye

Today, September 10th, Belize celebrates the Battle of St. George’s Caye – the weeklong fight with the British Baymen, their slaves, and naval boats who arrived from Jamaica – to expel the Spanish invaders once and for all. The year was 1789 – 225 years ago today.

San Pedro celebrates this beloved national holiday with a Uniform Parade – school kids and town officials, the drum corps, and the police march through town on what is always a RED HOT morning.

A member of the High School Marching band
A member of the High School Marching band

Today was no exception. We had some heavy rain in the very early hours…the clouds were clearing just as everyone gathered on the (shadeless) football field in the back of San Pedro town to get ready. It was 10am when the Mayor arrived.

Miss San Pedro and the Mayor
Miss San Pedro 2023 and Mayor Wally

This year’s parade was much smaller than usual. St. George’s Caye Day is a Sunday – and most schools, including the town’s largest elementary school – San Pedro Roman Catholic School – made the parade optional or decided not to attend at all.

It’s a church day after all…

The San Pedro police cadets
The cute San Pedro police cadets

Here are the photos I took this morning – and some from my friend Tom Cawthon on festive Middle Street. After the parade, everyone heads home for a day of relaxation, family time, Belikins and BBQ.

The beginning of the parade
The traffic department ushers the parade down Middle Street

We started with the national anthem. My friend here stopped selling snacks to stand at attention…

Standing for the national anthem
The Marching Band
The team at RRR
The RRR Rescue team ready as always

The team at RRR is always ready. If you don’t know about this crew – now is the time to change that (and get the # of your phone!)

Nigel and the Lions Club
Policeman escorting the parade
San Pedro police escorting the parade

This kid had the right idea…

KIds in hammock at a kiosk

Stop by his kiosk if you can – he’s got some great plants for sale. Desert rose, various cacti and shrubs.

A member of the San Pedro Marching Band
The high School kids
Watching the parade

In other years, there is a sea of high school kids…block and blocks as the four years pass. I think it was only freshman today.

New Horizons School
The Justices of the Peace
San Pedro’s Justices of the Peace
Lovelly Miss Lions Den
Lovely Miss San Pedro Lions Den

Cadets in formation

And then I jumped in my golf cart to try to beat the parade out of town – before they could march north in Boca Del Rio, and I’d be trapped in traffic for an hour. Patriotic? Not really but…man…was I hot.

Middle Street in September
The view down very festival looking Middle Street as I made my getaway!

A cold coconut water and…pick up a BBQ on the way home? That’s my kind of holiday. Enjoy everyone!

RRR in golf cart

For all the events to come in the next week or so, check this September Events Calendar

And if you are considering visiting San Pedro next September to enjoy all the fun and festivities – here’s what you should know.

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  1. Dan Grant on September 11th, 2023 at 10:02 am

    Hi Rebecca: Thanks for using “British” Baymen instead of “English” 😉

    • San Pedro Scoop on September 11th, 2023 at 10:27 am

      It was a good correction…thanks for pointing it out. 🙂

  2. HARPO ZANEIS on September 11th, 2023 at 12:04 pm


  3. Richard Low on September 11th, 2023 at 12:08 pm

    Always such a Pleasure watching the Independence Parade through your blog.
    Participation by all is important, from patriotic Canadians 🙏🏻🫶🏼🤗🇨🇦🎶🎉

  4. David Martin on September 11th, 2023 at 4:43 pm

    Oh my aching back! That poor drummer carrying the marching quads and drenched in sweat.

    • San Pedro Scoop on September 12th, 2023 at 3:13 pm

      Thank goodness he’s 15 or 16! I can not reiterate how HOT it is in September!