San Pedro, Belize’s 2023 Independence Day Parade Brings ALL the Energy

September 21st is Independence Day in Belize and yesterday this amazing country turned 42 years old. Each year, San Pedro ends its slew of September Celebration events with the Carnival Parade on the 21st.

Everyone dresses up in their finest red white and blue and prepares for the march.

Cutest little girl dressed in Belizean finery

You can be absolutely sure of three things on September 21st on Ambergris Caye: the parade will start about 2 hours late, it will be scorching hot and humid, and your heart will just about BURST with the joy and love of Belize that is on display.

And…you might get doused in beer and water and who knows what…it’ll be a cooling relief!

San Pedro High School bands

It is one of my favorite days of the year. I wish I could properly convey the pride and the joy, the LOUD music and the energy, the HEAT and excitement but you need to visit for that. Instead, I’ll try to do the next best thing and show you some of my photos.

San Pedro's former mayor Danny Guerrero
Our former mayor, Danny Guerrero

I LOVED my location. Middle Street San Pedro is narrow – and it compressed the parade a bit…and made it seem extra energized. A Belize “Canyon of Heros”.

Here comes the parade!!!!

The official start time: 1pm

Time of this photo: 3:38pm

The start of the San Pedro Parade
San Pedro pagennt queens
Miss San Pedro and her court
Miss San Pedro
Miss San Pedro's waiting ladies
Red white and blue golf cart
Handing out tee shirts with the town council
Belikin guy reaching out and handing out beers
Free Belikin cans being passed out – he almost fell off the truck reaching so far!
Dancing behind the truck
Baby in red white and blue Belize tutu
Never too young to enjoy the parade
Melody and her son
Melody trying to hype up here son – kids were melting left and right!

I was also right near the overhanging lights and wires from a local restaurant. A few of the bigger floats ran right into them…and then had to pick their way through!

Truck getting stuck under the wires
Making their way under the lights on Middle STreet
Miss Lions Den
The Queen of the Lions Den
Boy posing with a toucan in parade
Red white and blue parade in San Pedro
Bedecked truck
Happy dancer

Kevin from Island’s Jungle Bar and my former co-worker had an amazing float. What an incredible amount of work…and the costumes are fantastic.

Truck from Island's Jungle Bar
Kevin from Island Jungle Bar
His wife in full costume
Mrs. Kevin looked AMAZING!
Shovellie working it
Shovellie killing it!
Hol Chan Float
The crew from Hol Chan Marine Reserve – How often do you see a float with a bonefish? Can you spot it?
High School band
The San Pedro High School Band
Drum Corp
The dance crew from Corozal
Crew from Corozal dances

Kerry dancing in the parade
Go Kerry!
Family at the parade

Phew! Long and hot and sweaty and amazing…

If you love Belize, you’ve GOT to come down one year for the independence activities. SO GREAT!

And now…I’m going to take a nap. I wasn’t even IN the parade and I am exhausted.

I love you San Pedro!

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  1. Pat Mallahan on September 22nd, 2023 at 2:14 pm

    Best foto is the little girl seated
    foto # and last foto, the little kid whose parents are smiling and waveing and the kid…”when does this get over” ? Good job Rebecca !!!

    • San Pedro Scoop on September 23rd, 2023 at 8:37 am

      Kids were dropping off like flies. I guess the rum punch is the key for the adults 🙂

  2. HARPO ZANEIS on September 22nd, 2023 at 2:20 pm

    Thanks/ next best thing to being there/ next year

  3. Diane Shepherd on September 23rd, 2023 at 12:57 pm

    Your coverage is exceptional! Great info and photos…

    • San Pedro Scoop on September 26th, 2023 at 4:16 pm

      Thanks so much!