The Sixth International San Pedro Sea & Air Festival
by Gach Guerrero, Chairman 1997 Festival
If there is one place in the Mundo Maya where the people are proud of
their heritage it is San Pedro, on Ambergris Caye, Belize. In August
1991, the people of San Pedro started the International Sea & Air
Festival, a six day event where all five Mundo Maya countries (Belize,
Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala and Mexico)come together to share their
music, dance and culture.
It also gives the people of these five
countries the opportunity to enhance their ties of brotherhood. Every
year the festival is more colorful and bigger attracting both local and
internal tourist. For the first time last year Reina de la Costa Maya
International pageant was introduced and the representative of Mexico
won the title. They paraded in their national costumes, swim wear, and
evening gowns adding glamour and pageantry to the festival.
Guatemala will open the festival with their rich marimba music and folklore dance of the Mayas
of highland Guatemala.
|The finale of the Guatemalan cultural presenation
involved fireworks, some of which were strapped to the backs of the
Mexico will follow with their world fame
Mariachis serenading the crowd along with dances of the Yucatecan Mayas.
Part of Mexico's cultural presentation.
Paloma Martin, a mariachi singer from Merida in the
Mexican State of Yucatan was a popular entertainer.
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