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#388218 09/21/10 08:32 AM
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Today will be an amazing day, I am sure.

I wish I could be there to enjoy the festivities with my friends in San Pedro.

Have a great day, everyone!!


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Happy Independence Day Belize!!

Belize officially turned 29 years old today September 21. After the official ceremonies, which included torch bearers, drummers, majorettes, The Belize Coast Guard's gun salute, and Mayor Elsa Paz's official midnight GRITO, it was time for fireworks...Happy Independence Day Belize - Long Live Belize!!
Later this evening (starting around 2pm Tuesday afternoon) - the official Independence Day Parade and Jump Up will be held. Be sure to come out to see the beautiful floats and feel the independence spirit!!
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September 20, 2010

Today is the eve of Belize's 29th year of Independence and a number of activities are lined up countrywide to usher in another year as an independent nation. A number of activities are scheduled for later today countrywide, the highlight being the flag raising ceremony. September Celebration Committee member responsible for production and logistics Greg Vernon tells us more.

Greg Vernon; Production and Logistics, September Celebration Commission

"This evening at the Memorial Park starting at 9 pm we will be having cultural presentations and the official flag raising ceremony. This will be flowed by another set of cultural presentations. We have lined up between nine and 11:25 Silas Sabal, Leroy Castillo, Tanya Carter, Earnestine Carballo, Barrington Castillo, Charles Nunez and Gilbert Alamilla known as Mr. Program. We break for the official flag raising ceremonies which will take place at 11:25 and of course we go right up to the 12 o'clock midnight hour when we bring in the countries anniversary of our independence."

The theme for this year's celebrations is 'United and Proud; Moving Forward; I am Belize'. Vernon says the commission is doing its best to take the different activities to other parts of the country to ensure that all Belizeans are united in celebrating our independence. In Belmopan there will be a take back the land parade starting at seven o'clock and in Benque Viejo Del Carmen school children took to the streets for its annual Independence Day Parade and after the flag raising ceremony there will be a block party with the Gilharry Seven Band. In Corozal there will be a culture night starting at eight p-m at the Andres Campus Civic Centre and the flag raising ceremony will be followed by a fireworks and a free dance at the Andres Campus Centre. There will be a block party in Orange Walk town at 10 p-m and a torch run from Belize City that will end on Queen Victoria Avenue where the flag raising ceremony will be held. There will be a torch run in Dangriga Town that will begin in Belmopan at three p-m and there will be fireworks at the Princess Royal Park at one a-m and in Punta Gorda there will be a family entertainment Concert at seven pm at the Sporting Complex and a flag raising ceremony at the customs Warf.


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Happy Birthday Belize, written by Mr Peters, Patrick Barrow and Bella Carib. Produced by Patrick for Caye Records. Performing artists on recording included: Mr Peters (accordion and vocal) Bella Carib (vocal), Carl Smith (vocal) Bredda David (vocal) Raymond Barrow (bass guitar) Michael Hyde and Marlon (Chordz) Barrow (keyboards) Patrick Barrow (percussion)

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Today's parade was great - even with the interruption of a big rain. Full of heart and a lot of fun.

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Kevin and I celebrated with the Belizeans United Dallas/Ft Worth. Had a great picnic and banquet.

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Originally Posted by Diane Campbell
Today's parade was great - even with the interruption of a big rain. Full of heart and a lot of fun.

From the pictures, it looks like the entire town joined in!

Hope to make it back for next year's party!!

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The Official 21st.

Official Ceremonies for Independence day were held in Belmopan this year. Channel 7 aired it live from the capital and here are a few highlights:

Andrea Polanco, Reporting
The usual ceremony and sense of occasion attended Tuesday morning's official ceremony in Belmopan.

And while there was pomp and pageantry there was also politics as the leader of the opposition aimed a broadside at the Prime Minister:

Hon. John Briceno, Leader of the Opposition
"Today we are shackled by an economic recession whose untrammelled effect is being felt in every settlement, village, town and city in our Jewel. Every day, businesses are forced to fold and more Belizeans continue to lose jobs. Our very infrastructure is breaking up before our eyes. Too many of our children are out of school and our youth have little hope. Rampant crime and violence, hatred and fear, stalk our beloved land, causing us to live as prisoners in our own homes. Never before in the history of our country have we been forced to mourn so grievously and so often. Every day there is news of more tragedy. 97 Belizeans have been murdered already this year, with the grim certainty of yet more to come. We were asked to imagine the possibilities, and this is the reality: telephone, water and light bills have NOT gone down. The cost of living continues to rise unabated. Gas prices are skyrocketing. More taxes have been levied on already burdened Belizeans. Everywhere across the Jewel, there is fear and trepidation and even despair. Many families survive on noodles, and steak is beyond the reach of most."

And along that line, in his speech Prime Minister Barrow while introducing social initiatives for tough times bristled at the political gamesmanship:

Dean Barrow, Prime Minister
"Everyone has to get involve and there is no time for business as usual or worse politics as usual and therefore wish to repeat in simple terms my invitation to the leader of the opposition stop cursing the darkness and help us light a candle. The governments food subsidy pilot project for Southside Belize City starts in the next 2 weeks. We will be working in partnership with the salvation army whom we have contracted to administer the program to ensure both efficiency and fair play people living at the margins will be able on a continuing basis to purchase from 2 distribution centers on Cemetery Road and Mahogany Street a basket of basic food items at half the price."

And for the PM on this Independence Day, there was no greater assertion of nationhood than the acquisition of BTL one year ago - as it is now being readied for a public share offering:

Dean Barrow, Prime Minister
"There is no brighter example for such re-vivification in recent times than the nationalization of Telemedia and today on this anniversary of our Independence the wheel is coming full circle for making my final announcement I wish to tell you that the prospectus is ready and that the sale of shares to the Belizean public will commence on October 15th 2010. BTL will now reduce the price of their internet service by providing all customers with twice the bandwidth at the same cost. In the case of schools this expanded bandwidth will of course continue to be absolutely free."

And after the sharing out of sugar plums - the official audience got a chance to loosen up with lively cultural entertainment.

The Belmopan parade followed after that event - it was massive and we'll show you a few clips as we close off tonight's news´┐Ż

Channel 7

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High-Spirited Independence Day Parade!

San Pedro went all out on Independence Day Parade, producing one of the most spectacular parades to date. The rain came pouring down but that did not dampen the spirits as the parade revelers kept on jumping and dancing. Everybody had a fantastic time! Huge Gallery Coming soon on Ambergris Today Online!

Congratulations to this year's parade winners:
Best Float
Isla Bonita Elementary - First Place
Ambergris Caye Elementary - Second Place
Wings - Third Place

Best Organized Group
Isla Bonita Elementary - First Place
ABC Pre School - Second Place
Island Academy - Third Place

Ambergris Caye Elementary

Island Academy

ABC Pre School

Isla Bonita Elementary School

Saga Humane Society

Independence Eve Ceremony

Long Live Belize!

San Pedro AIDS Commission members were the torch bearers

Hon. Heredia and Mayoress Elsa Paz inspect the Belize Coast Guards

Miss San Pedro - Natasha Staurt escorted by Deputy Mayor Pablo Ico

Belize Coast Guard Gun Salute

Raising of the Belizean Flag by the Coast Guards

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Happy Birthday, Happy Independence day, Belize. I love to see the happy faces of these wonderful people. I especially like the flag waving, flag shirts, flag everything. Good thing they don't put up with other people attempting to fly their OWN different flags.

Long Live Belize!

Been there, done that, the washing machine ate the T-shirt
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