St. George's Caye Day, September 10th Celebrations
The newly selected Miss San Pedro 2016, Marisha Thompson, was officially presented with her crown, cape and sceptre at the opening ceremony of the observance of the Battle of St. George's Caye. A very happy parade followed through the streets of downtown San Pedro.
Ambergris Caye celebrates St. George’s Caye Day with Uniform Parade
In commemoration of the 218th anniversary of the Battle of Saint George’s Caye, islanders joined in the country’s festivities, celebrating with much pride and patriotism. The patriotic events started with the annual Fire Truck Parade at 7PM and the Tribute to the Baymen on Friday, September 9th.
The festivities culminated on Saturday, September 10th with the crowning of the new Miss San Pedro, Marisha Thompson and a uniform parade with hundreds of students and residents of the island marching through the principal streets of San Pedro Town.
The celebration continued on the morning of Saturday, September 10th with the official coronation of Marisha Thompson, the new selected Miss San Pedro 2016-2017. A multitude of students and citizens convened at the Sports Complex, where they were surprised with a performance by Ernestine Carballo and Missy B Herrera.
After the ceremony, Thompson along with the contestants of the 2016 Miss San Pedro Pageant joined in the citizen’s and children’s uniform parade.
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Celebrating the Battle of St. George’s Caye in Belize City
It was first actually celebrated only more than a century ago, but the Battle of St. George’s Caye has become one of the two pillars of the September Celebrations – the other being Independence Day. This past Saturday saw Belizeans converge at the Memorial Park for the official ceremony and other assorted bells and whistles. Correspondent Aaron Humes has a report.
Aaron Humes, Reporting
Saturday, September tenth saw the two hundredth and eighteenth anniversary of the Battle of St. George’s Caye, considered the catalyst for the establishment of a modern independent nation. In 1798, a combination of British settlers known as Baymen and loyal slaves as well as free people of colour formed an unusual alliance to defeat a Spanish fleet from Veracruz intent on razing the settlement as they had almost twenty years before. The rest, as some say, is history – but in his opening remarks, Belize City Mayor Darrell Bradley said the sacrifices of our ancestors then can serve as inspiration for modern Belizeans.
Darrell Bradley, Mayor of Belize City
“But in honouring them today, we should embrace the fact that we are the inheritors of their great legacy; that we have inherited their spirit, a spirit of endurance, of purpose, of courage; that we have within our national character the potential to rise above our differences and to unite as one people, facing today’s battles head on, with optimism and fearless resolve. That as stewards of this homeland, we should commit ourselves to live more like the Baymen; serving our nation and each other with selfless devotion and fervent pride; so that our celebration of the memory of the Baymen today is not hollow, and that we truly honor them by living lives worthy their great sacrifice.”
Meanwhile, Culture Minister and co-chair of the National September Celebrations Commission, Elodio Aragon Junior, spoke about some of the values inculcated in the lives of the original settlers, whether slave or free, and how they translate to modern Belizeans.
Elodio Aragon Jr.
Elodio Aragon Jr., Co-Chair, National September Celebrations Commission
“While we celebrate with joy, we must never fail to draw inspiration from the struggles and victory of September, 1798. When faced with challenges and hardships, we should never give in, especially when our greatest treasure – our sovereignty and independence – are at stake. Rather, we should look inward to that enduring nationalism, and rekindle again and again our love for our country – a country that has been bequeathed to us by the long struggle of our forefathers and fore mothers. So inspired, we should stand boldly and proud. We must turn on our creativity and ingenuity, at full force. With unwavering dedication, we must build up and transform Belize. This is our obligation and our duty, to be as our theme states, “Sovereign and Strong – Together As One.”
Another feature of the annual ceremony is the formal coronation of the Queen of the Bay by her predecessor. Reigning queen Falon Cain formally handed over to Cristalyn Castillo; both young women hail from Stann Creek District. Following the official ceremonies in Belize City was the traditional Citizens’ Parade, which this year ended at Yabra Green, site of the Municipal Multicultural Fair. Similar ceremonies were held nationwide. Aaron Humes reporting for News Five.
Celebrating the Battle of St. George’s Caye in Belize City
Hip Hip Hooray! Miss San Pedro is Officially Crowned and Kids Parade to Celebrate the Battle of St. George’s Caye September 10th is the first officially holiday of September – to celebrate the Battle of St. George’s Caye in 1798. The Spanish, invading from Mexico, tried AGAIN to expel the British Baymen and their slaves from Belize.
The small Baymen crew was victorious. And along with Independence Day on September 21st (some 183 years later) it makes September a full month of red white and blue celebration.
Yesterday, San Pedro started the day with the coronation of our new Miss San Pedro 2016-2017 and a uniform parade with school children and various organizations.
Little girls on St George's Caye celebrations in San Pedro, Belize
It was a beautiful SCORCHER (just like today) and by 9am (the official meet-up time) it had to feel like 95+ in the sun. (Accuweather has today’s temperature predicted as a high of 88 – “real feel 109).
Let’s get to the ceremonies. The stage was set for the national anthem, a prayer, opening statements by the Mayor and our Area Representative, a performance by ERNESTINE CARBALLO (LOVE HER!)…
On Saturday, the 10th of September of 2016, the town celebrated the Battle of St. George's Caye anniversary by hosting its traditional uniform parade with all the school and businesses. During the ceremony, Pastor Clive Welsh offered his blessings upon those that attended after the National Anthem was beautifully sung by belizean artists Missy B Herrera and Ernestine Carballo. Following the invocation was the welcome address by Mayor Daniel Guerrero where he expressed his gratitude to the Lord for blessing San Pedro Town with spectacular weather to carry out the parade and shared with everyeone a brief history on the Battle of St. George's Caye. Hon. Manuel Heredia Jr., Minister of Tourism and Civil aviation was next where he also delivered some remarks in regards to the celebration with he believes is of great importance in the history of our country. As tradition, the winner of the Miss San Pedro pageant is officially coronated during this ceremony where she is presented with her cape, crown and ceptre. The parade through town followed immediately after the official coronation of Miss San Pedro and ended back at the Hon. Louis Sylvestre Sporting Complex where the children were treated to refreshing ideals. On behalf of Mayor Daniel Guerrero, the San Pedro Town Council and Staff, we would like to congratulate Marisha Thompson on her new role as Miss San Pedro 2016-2017!