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#359835 12/03/09 08:48 AM
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Everyone was in the QUE VIVA SAN PEDRO mood as we all joined gleefully in celebrating the silver anniversary (25 Years) of San Pedro Town. Hundreds of people lined on the streets and at their verandas shouted "Que Viva San Pedro" and applauded the Mayor and old and new town councilors who waved and applauded along the parade.

Five of the original town councilors and founders of Township joined in the parade to celebrate the fruits of their vision and courage twenty five years ago. Very symbolically, the present town council also paraded and sounded the same sentiments of "Long Live San Pedro" acknowledging the good works of the past and promising to keep that progress alive.

And behind them, hundreds of school children, teachers and friends kept applauding the birth of San Pedro Town, the accomplishments of the town under its new status and jubilant of the fact that San Pedro is moving onwards in a positive manner.

Very outstanding in the parade and in the ceremony is the fact that the original people of the Island, the Mestizo population, was out in full force as if Township was a celebration of the Mestizos. All the floats depicted the culture and efforts of the Mestizo people in building this community from the beginning of the past century up until today.

The shouts and accolades of "Que Viva San Pedro" continued throughout the night at the Saca Chispas Field where the Mayor and Area Representative paid homage to the first mayor, Chico Gomez, and town council, as well as all past councilors who have contributed to the development and success of San Pedro under its township status.

Many other village leaders and government officials were honored with special mention and certificates of appreciation and throughout the night. The San Pedro Dance Company did a splendid job with its Mestizo cultural dances as was the stage decoration depicting a Mestizo fishing community. During the celebration, Mayor Paz also officially unveiled the official flag of San Pedro Town.

Thumbs up to the organizers for a fabulous celebration! Kudos to the people of San Pedro (the Sanpedranos) who came out in full force! High five to the school children and teachers who celebrated the works of their forefathers, the courage of our village leaders and the vision of our founders.

San Pedro is the youngest of all seven towns in Belize, but undoubtedly the one of the strongest and with the biggest heart. Certainly "Que Viva San Pedro" was duly deserved.

Ambergris Today

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What a fun celebration it was! And on my birthday too. Beautiful fireworks and lots of people out. Great time.

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San Pedro celebrates 25 years with pride!

San Pedro Town is the youngest municipality in Belize and on Friday evening, Sanpedranos came out in numbers to celebrate with much pride, 25 years of being declared a town. History, music, dance, parade, special presentation and a midnight fireworks display were all a part of the celebration to commemorate San Pedro's silver anniversary.

    Learning institutions from all levels partook in the annual township day parade led by former and current members of the local municipality. By 5 p.m., students were ready with their float portraying the image of San Pedro twenty five years ago. Most of the floats displayed ideas of a San Pedro dependent on the sea, in a laidback setting with rustic thatch huts. The parade started from the Old Football Field and went through the principal streets of the Town and ended right back where they started. This year's winning float was ABC Preschool.

    Later in the evening the San Pedro Town Council (SPTC) proceeded with the official ceremony to commemorate the occasion of the town's birthday. The ceremony had in attendance members of the business community on the island, government officials, diplomats, former mayors and town councilors, members of the current municipality and various individuals that have contributed to the growth of the island.

    During the ceremony the official flag of San Pedro Town was unveiled and flown for the first time on the island. The flag was designed by Germain Tillett; the colors of the flag are red and green representing the colors of the Patron Saint San Pedro. The white crossing the center of the flag is a reminder of the peaceful life that the island has lived. The emblem exhibits the map of Ambergris Caye and its riches, which are its beaches and marine life. In addition, one of the highlights of the event was the awarding of all council members since 1984 to present. Each of the past and current council members were presented with awards and a flag memorabilia while past mayors received an engraved crystal. Flag memorabilia were also awarded to the visiting dignitaries.

    After the official ceremony, the night continued with dance and cultural presentations, performed by the San Pedro Dance Company. At midnight, the skies were lit with a fireworks display that officially commemorated the 25th birthday of the island. Islanders had a blast and celebrated the night away with the music of Super Furia. The municipality acknowledges and thanks all those people who in one way or the other have contributed to the success of our beloved island. Congratulation to San Pedro on its 25th birthday!

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