As we stand poised for another Mardi Gras celebration here in San Pedro...all important surfaces are being covered...the new cobblestone in the Town Park, outdoor signage, park benches and terra cotta. Since Sunday, San Pedro's children have been walking about painting their friends and enemies. The town provides a bluish water paint so all uncovered important surfaces can be cleaned...eggs are sacrificed by the professional mischief makers. Several years ago, I went to the town park at the high point of the paint war and my white shirt and I survived without a splotch. A remarkable achievement like climbing Mt Everest or completing a Ultra-marathon. So while those stateside call it Super Tuesday...its still Fat Tuesday to me. Take care: Bill
Carnival has been going on for two nights already. Central Park was covered with sand on Sunday and all of the Wing's benches were covered in plastic. We have participated in Comparsa, the traditional dances, for the last two nights. They are so much fun and absolutely hilarious. Another Comparsa tonight and judging also happens. The kids have been out in hordes, painting, running and screaming. All very good natured. Comparsa and Carnival are old traditions here but are sadly dying out. This festival is very important to a number of local charities as the Comparsas collect money from every home that they visit. I hope that in future years, people will support this wonderful tradition by turning out to watch, participate and contribute. We didn't see many expat faces down there, which was a shame. Belize is full of rich culture and tradition. Being able to live here and get involved in these wonderful things is an absolute privelege as far as we are concerned. Come out and support Comparsa tonight. Be generous. Have a laugh and enjoy!
We're here in San Pedro now and have been sort of avoiding downtonw since I really don't want to get painted. I know they're supposed to ask, but some neighbors of ours got covered yesterday and didn't really want to.
Most of the expats we've spoken to are staying away for the same reason.
I love the festivals and celebrations here, just don't want to hassle with the potential mess.
amen colly. i was a lil apprehensive at first, but i wade right into them, and they don't bother me a bit. hardly even see me. its like a big fish swimming into a school of little fish. they just part for me.... extremely well mannered kids.
but when i get ready to get wasted with paint, they are happy to oblige.
Isn't it fun Marty? I just love it. The Comparsa though are particularly wonderful. The lyrics to the songs are absolutely not PC (you'd get arrested for them in the USA or UK), the dances sometimes really crude, but definitely funny. Most of all it is all about the tradition and keeping it up.
I know the first year I stayed at a safe distance. The kids always asked if they could paint you, and respected it when I said no. After that year, I joined in, and had a blast!! I wouldn't wear anything terribly expensive, but have fun... you only live once.