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Caye Caulker Independence Day Celebrations 2nd to NONE!
Written by Wendy Auxillou
Thursday, 21 September 2006

Caye Caulker's Personal Happiness Index is surpassed only by
the Caye Caulker Festive Spirit Index and this was in full
swing this weekend.


The evening of the 20th was filed with the melodious sounds
of Lucio and the New Generation wafting gently from the
basketball count / central park. Unlike some live bands
that do not know what an appropriately acceptable decibel
level is, Lucio's group seem to have the level down pat
making for a most enjoyable musical evening.


Sometime after 11:00 p.m. a group of dancers from Quintana
Roo, Mexico took the stage to entertain with their mestisada
dances. There was standing room only at the park and the
Independence spirit came alive bringing almost the entire
village out to celebrate.


At a few minutes to midnight, the official opening
ceremonies began with the Master of Ceremonies being none
other than the capable Mr. Neil Bradley. Speeches were
given by Mrs. Neldy Rosado, principal of the CCRC School,
the Chairman of the Caye Caulker Village Council, Mr.
Alberto Villanueva and Miss Lobsterfest, Valerie Aguilar.
Mr. Villanueva's speech at first stressed unity and then it
went on to criticize the government on several points. We
regret that we are unable to post a copy of Mr. Villanueva's
poignant speech but when we requested a copy but he refused
to give us one.


The flag raising was executed by P.C. Rash who did an
excellent job. At midnight the clear skies over Caye
Caulker erupted into a pyrotechnic show unmatched by any
ever done in this country. The dazzling light show lasted
for what seemed like an eternity lighting up the skies and
spirits of Caye Caulker residents.

A free dance at the basketball court / central park which
lasted into the wee hours of the morning followed the
pyrotechnic show.

On September 21st, Independence Day, the highlight of the
morning (or high noon) was the citizens and float parade.
There were numerous floats of every kind (bicycles,
three-wheeled bicycles, golf carts, vehicle and numerous
groups such as the pre-schoolers, the elementary schoolers
and the amazingly energetic group of carnival partiers led
by none other than the affable Ms. Louise Aguilar that
always seem to steal the show. This year was no exception.
It was truly amazing and heartwarming to watch Ms. Louise's
group of local and expat carnival-dressed participants
sashay down the streets. Especially notable are the two
ex-pat gentlemen residents, Scotty and Ernie, who led the
carnival group dressed in full costume. Kudos to you
islandboys!

In the end, the following are the parade winners in each
category:


Bicycle:
1st Prize - National Symbols
2nd Prize - Belize @ 25 (Mercedez)

Dance Group:
1st Prize - Ms. Louise Aguilar's Aerobics Group
2nd Prize - CCRC School

Golf Cart:
1st Prize - St. Francis
2nd Prize - Ms. Ilna Auxillou (Shark / Ray Alley)


Float:
1st Prize - Tropical Babies
2nd Prize - HMS Merlin


Congratulations to all the winners and participants! Your
spirit is what makes this day so awesome and exciting. We
salute and thank you.