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#510729 - 01/16/16 11:43 AM Carnaval 2016
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Inviting all Comparsas to Sign up at the San Pedro Town Council office with Ms. Lorna Vasquez.
*Please note that if you do not sign up, your Comparsa will not be considered for judging and will not be eligible for claiming of prizes.



Here are the Traffic Rules for Carnaval 2016. Please take note.


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#511059 - 01/26/16 11:43 AM Re: Carnaval 2016 [Re: Marty]
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El Gran Carnaval de San Pedro:

Friday, February 5th: Opening of Carnaval Exhibition at the House of Culture
Saturday, February 6th: Carnaval Fiesta
Sunday, Monday & Tuesday (February 7th, 8th & 9th): Comparsas & Painting
Wednesday, February 10th: Reading of the Will & Burning of Juan Carnabal.


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#511098 - 01/27/16 11:34 AM Re: Carnaval 2016 [Re: Marty]
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A Carnaval Like No Other in Ambergris Caye

Men dressing up in drag and dancing through the streets of downtown San Pedro - there is nothing odd with that, once it is Carnaval time. The street dancing groups, called Comparsas, are always a highlight. They have become more than just groups of people dancing on the streets. Today they are well-choreographed performances with bigger, brighter and elaborate costumes, props and music. The men’s group, whose members dress in drag, comes out in full force and is always there to give spectators a great laugh. Other groups dance to themed presentations collecting donations along the way that go towards a charity or non-profit organization.

San Pedro Carnaval is kicked off by cultural presentations, dances and exhibits at an opening ceremony that is followed by the three days of street dancing and painting. The celebrations fall yearly three days before Ash Wednesday and the commencement of Lent. Caranval kicks off the religious celebratory aspect of Easter in the Catholic community of San Pedro.

The street comparsas and painting take place in the afternoons, running into the early evening on all three days. Painting is allowed with water paint only; it is advised to use clothing that you don’t mind being ruined by paint.

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#511130 - 01/28/16 11:49 AM Re: Carnaval 2016 [Re: Marty]
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Carnaval is almost here! Check out the schedule of events!


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#511349 - 02/04/16 11:26 AM Re: Carnaval 2016 [Re: Marty]
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All is set for the Carnaval Celebrations

El Gran Carnaval de San Pedro is right around the corner and this year, festivities are being held under the theme “Bailando a Todo Color”. Scheduled to take place from Sunday, January February 7th through Tuesday the 9th, Carnaval has been a long standing tradition for the island, commemorating the beginning of the Lenten Season.

Activities in honor of Carnaval will commence from Friday, February 5th with a photo exhibition being organized by the San Pedro House Culture. Everyone is invited to visit the San Pedro House of Culture on Angel Coral Street at 7PM to enjoy photographs of San Pedro’s past Carnaval celebrations. The celebration will continue on Saturday, February 6th with the Carnaval Fiesta Block Party. With live dance and musical presentation and lots to eat and drink, the block party starts at 8PM at Central Park.

On Sunday, there will also be a Color Powder and Foam Party at Central Park starting at 3PM hosted by DJ Debbie and DJ Karma, and on Monday, January 6th, New Sensation Band and DJ Debbie will be providing entertainment at Central Park from 6PM. On the last day of Carnaval, Tuesday, January 9th, participants are invited to a dance party at Central Park starting at 6PM with music provided by New Sensation Band, DJ Debbie and DJ Dalla. As usual, traditional comparsas and painting in the downtown area of San Pedro will take place from 1PM until, on all three days.

It is recommended that only children paint on Sunday. No painting of comparsa participants, properties, signs, vehicles and people in uniform or coming from work; no oil paint or spray paint; no bottle squeezers will be allowed; no throwing of eggs or use of rotten eggs; painters are asked to respect tourists, unless they want to participate; painting Zone – Beach from Ruby’s Hotel to the Cemetery area and Barrier Reef Drive; and non-painters are recommended to avoid painting zones.

In addition, Barrier Reef will be closed to all vehicular traffic and no parking will be allowed on either Barrier Reef Drive or Pescador Drive between 1PM to 7PM on all Carnaval days. Both the San Pedro Police Department and San Pedro Traffic Department will be enforcing the rules and regulations of the Carnaval celebration along the designated areas. Comparsas will be done on Angel Coral Street, Pescador Drive and Barrier Reef Drive.

On Wednesday, February 10th the traditional burning of Juan Carnaval will take place at Central Park starting at 6PM.

Click here to read the rest of the article and see more photos in the San Pedro Sun




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#511486 - 02/08/16 05:01 PM Re: Carnaval 2016 [Re: Marty]
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Carnaval Fun Kicks off in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye

Music, paint and entertaining street dancers – it’s the beginning of Carnaval in San Pedro. On Sunday, February 7, 2016 the island came to life as many enjoyed one of the most traditional celebrations on the island.

Of course Carnaval is not complete without the annual colorful painting spree which everybody looks forward to. This unique and colorful traditional continues for two more days. Here are some images of the FUN of San Pedro Carnaval Day One:

Click here to read the rest of the article and see LOTS OF AWESOME photos in the Ambergris Today



El Gran Carnaval de San Pedro: Day One

Carnaval celebrations continue today with New Sensation Band and DJ Debbie providing entertainment at Central Park from 6PM. Painting and comparsas start at 3PM. Barrier Reef will be closed to all vehicular traffic and no parking is allowed on either Barrier Reef Drive or Pescador Drive between 1PM to 7PM on all Carnaval days.

San Pedro Town’s most colorful and fun tradition started on Sunday, February 7th under the theme “Bailando a Todo Color”. The annual El Gran Carnaval de San Pedro – The Great Carnaval of San Pedro is a long standing island tradition that brings three days of laughter and joy.

Sunday was the first day of the festivities as saw Color Powder and Foam Party at Central Park hosted by DJ Debbie and DJ Karma.

Click here to read the rest of the article and see LOTS more EXCELLENT photos in the San Pedro Sun



Day One of Carnaval in San Pedro: Bring Out the Plastic Wrap, the Kids and the Paint

After a day of drizzly cold rain, yesterday was the most gorgeous day on Ambergris Caye. For the very first day of Carnaval. Three days of parties and painting leading up to Lent.

I headed into town early to take a look at the pre-festivities. Day One there would be music and kids running amock with painting and eggs (ILLEGAL) and fun.

The New Sensations Band (they are GOOD!) was setting up and the Belizean staple – THE WALL OF SPEAKERS.

Click here to read the rest of the article and see LOTS more EXCELLENT photos in the San Pedro Scoop


Las Hawaiianas

Carnaval 2016. San Pedro AIDs Commission comparsa. Day 1

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The Carnaval fun continues! Check out the The San Pedro AIDS Commission Comparsa's presentation: Chupar Cervesa!

The Black and White Garifuna Center Comparsa!

Flora Ancona's Comparsa present Steve Harvey's mishap at the Miss Universe Pageant.
Garifuna group in San Pedro gets ready for the Carnaval comparsas tonight!

The humorous Cholo's Barbies doing their thing!
Can you believe these beauties are all men?

San Pedro Carnival Comparsas Day 1


San Pedro Carnaval 2016


Music, paint and entertaining street dancers – it’s the beginning of Carnaval in San Pedro. On Sunday, February 7, 2016 the island came to life as many enjoyed one of the most traditional celebrations on the island.

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CARNAVAL 2016 - COMPARSAS DAY 1


Sunday, February 7th, was the first day of Comparsas and Painting. Featured on our pictures are the Comparsas of the San Pedro AIDS Commission as the Hawaiians, Mrs. Flora Ancona's Group as the Tourists and the Black N White Charikanari Dancers.

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San Pedro Belize Carnaval Street Dancing Day 1

Carnaval Fun Kicks off in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye - Music, paint and entertaining street dancers – it’s the beginning of Carnaval in San Pedro. On Sunday, February 7, 2016 the island came to life as many enjoyed one of the most traditional celebrations on the island.


SAN PEDRO Carnaval 2016


Day One pics from San Pedro Carnaval 2016

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#511504 - 02/09/16 06:46 PM Re: Carnaval 2016 [Re: Marty]
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CARNAVAL FLASHBACKS


Drop by the San Pedro House of Culture to enjoy a whimsical exhibit about the history of Carnaval on Ambergris Caye. There are lots of pictures show how it was celebrated long time ago when San Pedro was just a small fishing village.

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CARNAVAL 2016 - COMPARSAS DAY 2


Monday, February 8th, the second day of Comparsas and Painting. Featured on our pictures are the Comparsas of the San Pedro AIDS Commission under the theme "Quiero chupar, pero no hay cerveza", inspired by the Belikin shortage in San Pedro.

Mrs. Flora's Group depicted the Miss Universe scandal where the wrong winner was announced. They danced the streets with their colorful and elegant dresses, each with their sash on.

Making their appearance, were the Barbo's. The all male group danced through the streets of town, dressed in drag, celebrating the Carnaval tradition.

Lastly, the Black N White Charikanari Dancers also took the streets where they uniquely fuse the Garifuna culture and the Carnaval tradition to an exciting performance.

What are we to expect on the last day? Don't miss it! Go out and witness these groups!

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Traditional Comparsas

The San Pedro House of Culture presented all the popular traditional comparsas at the opening of the Carnaval Photographic Exhibition in San Pedro.


San Pedro Carnaval Day 2

Parody of the Miss Universe 2015 crowning mishap, one San Pedro Carnaval Comparsa group stood out on the second day of celebrations in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize. Doña Flora Ancona’s bevy of queens from around the world took the Steve Harvey, Miss Colombia and Miss Philippines debacle to the next level of hilarious entertainment.



Miss Colombia Loses Miss Universe Crown Again at San Pedro Carnaval

Parody of the Miss Universe 2015 crowning mishap, one San Pedro Carnaval Comparsa group stood out on the second day of celebrations in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize. Doña Flora Ancona’s bevy of queens from around the world took the Steve Harvey, Miss Colombia and Miss Philippines debacle to the next level of hilarious entertainment.

Also providing high level of laughter was the San Pedro AIDS Commission Comparsa that poked fun at Bowen & Bowen Distributors for their shortage of Belikin Beer around the country during the holidays. Costumes adorned with Belikin bottles and beer products from outside the country, including the favorite Mexican beers made for a fun comparsa.

Never failing to make an appearance was the men’s group (The Barbies) whose drag presentation and sing-along tunes kept the crowds fully entertained. Once you hear the song, you don’t stop singing for the rest of the evening and well into the following day.

Click here to read the rest of the article and see more photos in the Ambergris Today


The Legendary Don Juan Carnaval


Who was the infamous Don Juan de Carnabal? What kind of person was he? A legend? A villain?

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#511530 - 02/10/16 07:28 PM Re: Carnaval 2016 [Re: Marty]
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Central Park is invaded with painting revelers

Carnaval Ends with a Bang, is Major Tourist Attraction

“I love this so much, I want to do it every year,” commented San Pedro Carnaval Queen Melida Pereira about her participation in the Carnaval Comparsas (street dancing). “Why did I not know of all this fun.” Melida participated in the comparsas as part of her winning the Mrs. Reina del Carnaval pageant, now on its third year and a welcome staple to the Carnaval celebrations in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize.

And while Melida danced, performed and sang her heart out for three consecutive days, alongside four other comparsa groups, hundreds of tourists who visited the island during the festivities enjoyed the celebrations. We met first-time visitors who were thrilled about the painting and others who have been visiting the island for 20 years now, only during Carnaval because they love the tradition so much.

Click here to read the rest of the article and see LOTS more AWESOME photos in the Ambergris Today

San Pedro Carnaval Day 3 Celebrations

San Pedro Town Council Announces Winners of Carnaval Comparsas 2016:
1st Place: San Pedro AIDS Commission
2nd Place: Mrs. Flora Ancona's Group
3rd Place: Black N White Charikanari Dancers

Here are the Winners of the Comparsas!



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#511565 - 02/12/16 10:59 AM Re: Carnaval 2016 [Re: Marty]
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In second place was Flora Ancona’s Comparsas group

Bailando a Todo Color: Carnaval 2016, a festival of colors

Tuesday, February 9th was the highlight of festivities, as it was the last day of painting and comparsas presentations. Everyone came out in full force to celebrate the islands tradition. New Sensation Band, DJ Debbie and DJ Dalla provided musical entertainment at Central Park starting at 6PM to a crowd of carnaval partiers. Since this was the final day, the comparsas went all out.

Of course, the comparsas groups were not only performing for the crowd’s entertainment, but they were also hoping to catch judges’ eyes and win the title of top comparsas. In the end, it was the San Pedro AIDS Commission Comparsas group who took the coveted 2016 title.

Carnaval celebrations ended on Wednesday, February 10th with the burning of Juan Carnaval. To close off the celebration, islanders participate in the reading of Juan Carnaval’s will, followed by the traditional burning of his body. The burning of Juan Carnaval is an island tradition done to expel bad luck and negative vibes from the island.


Click here to read the rest of the article and see LOTS more FANTASTIC photos in the San Pedro Sun


CARNAVAL 2016 - DAY 3


On Tuesday, February 9, 2016, San Pedro celebrated its last day of Comparsas & Painting with a bang! Entertainers were lined up for the closure of Carnaval at Central Park - DJ Debbie, Dj Dalla, DJ Kream and New Sensation Band.

The comparsas were very vibrant this year! The San Pedro AIDS Commission paraded the streets as colorful flowers in full bloom, Mrs. Flora's Group were dancing yellow fiery habaneros, the Barbie's wore their most elegant dresses and neon hair do's to the occasion, and lastly the Black N White Charikanari Dancers brought out the bulls to the dance as they all danced throughout the streets of town.

This year, we saw the participation of four comparsas that definitely put out their best and once again lived and show cased the true meaning of Carnaval. Que Viva el Carnaval de San Pedro!

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CARNAVAL 2016 - BURNING OF DON JUAN CARNAVAL


On Wednesday, February 10, Don Juan Carnaval said its goodbye's to another great year of Carnaval.

Every year the burning of Don Juan Carnaval takes place at Central Park after the 7:00 p.m. mass. Before burning Don Juan Carnaval, his will is read where he leaves all his riches and advise to the town of San Pedro. Don Juan Carnaval was a very wealthy man in San Pedro. Apart from being popular for his money, he was also popular for being the life of the party and a ladies man.

Legend has it, that if Don Juan Carnaval does not get burnt, the town will be cursed with a year of bad luck. What do you think?

SPANISH WILL:

Buenas noches a todos mis hijos, hijas, entenados, sobrinos y amigos. Hoy me quiero despedir de todos pero antes de hacerlo, lamento decirles que tengo una mala noticia. Este año con tanto bar de mujeres y strip clubs, me fui a Captain Iguana’s y Blue Hole y gaste todo mi dinero en mujeres y en el alcohol. Asi que este año, todo lo que les puedo ofrecer es mi sabiduría y consejos. Ahí les va:

  • Dejen de comerse como perros y gatos que al fin de cuenta cuando no hay comida, el perro y el gato comen del mismo plato.
  • Pongan mucho repelente y limpien sus patios y casas por que sino se mueren por borrachos, el Zika los va llevar.
  • Dejen tanto vehículo y pónganse a caminar. Que cuando les pesa tanto las nalgas no buscan a quien culpar.
  • No pierdan sus cabezas por un culito, que cuando estén viejitos ni sus culitos les van a limpiar.

Por ultimo, a mi queridísimo San Pedro, Como siempre, les dejo buena vibra, que la armonía siempre triunfe…Que tengamos un año de prosperidad, sin desastres y mucha fiesta! Que Viva la Tradición! Que Viva el Carnaval de San Pedro!

ENGLISH WILL:

Good night to all my sons, daughters, step-children, nieces and nephews, and friends. Today I want to bid farewell to all; but before I do, I have to give you some bad news. This year, with so many bars and strip clubs, I went to Captain Iguana’s and Blue Hole Bar y spent all my money on women and rum. So this year, all I have to give is my advices and knowledge. So here it goes:

  • Stop fighting with one another like cats and dogs. After all, when the food is scarce, both cat and dogs eat from the same plate.
  • Spray on repellent and clean your yards and homes, because if you do not die an alcoholic, the Zika virus will take you down.
  • Park your vehicles and start walking, because when your butt starts getting big, you run out of excuses on whom to blame.
  • Don’t lose your minds over fling, because when your gray and old, no one will want to clean your behind.

Lastly, to my lovely San Pedro, like always, I wish you all good vibes and that you all live in harmony. May everyone have a year filled with prosperity, without disasters and lots of party! Long live the tradition! Long live the San Pedro Carnaval!

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