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CARNAVAL 2017! WHO'S READY? Feb 24-28 #521025
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Re: CARNAVAL 2017! WHO'S READY? Feb 24-28 [Re: Marty] #521517
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Introducing the 2017 Reina del Carnaval contestants

The fourth annual Reina del Carnaval Pageant is set to take place on Saturday, February 18th .The San Pedro Carnaval Committee, along with Flora Ancona’s Carnaval Group is proud to introduce the five lovely contestants for this year’s event. Vying for the crown are 40-year-old Vicky Marin, 38-year-old Mary Magaña, 48-year-old Arabella Hernandez, 37-year-old Anna Young, and 50-year-old Audrey Moya.

The pageant is scheduled for 8PM at the Angel Nuñez Auditorium. Organized by Ancona’s Carnaval Group, the event also serves as a fundraiser for their comparsas costumes and other expenses as they prepare to take part in San Pedro’s annual carnaval, slated for Friday, February 24th. The pageant will start with an opening dance, followed by talent performance, swimsuit, evening gown and even a question and answer session.

Organizers are expecting another successful event, while current Reina del Carnaval Mrs. Melida Perreira invites everyone to come out for a night of fantastic fun. General admission is $10 for adults, $5 for children $15 for reserved seating. For more information on the pageants and tickets contact Flora Ancona at 650-5710.

Click here to read the rest of the article and see more photos in the San Pedro Sun


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A new adventure awaits you during San Pedro’s Gran Carnaval

When most Belizeans think about carnival, images of elaborate costumes and festive floats come to mind. But for those who live in San Pedro Town, carnival is actually ‘carnaval’ and the traditional celebration is observed to usher in the 40-day Lenten Season. Unlike the highly anticipated annual Carnival Road March held in September during our country’s patriotic celebration, San Pedro’s Gran Carnaval takes place usually in February, four days before Ash Wednesday.

This year, San Pedro’s Carnaval will take place from Friday, February 24th to Tuesday, February 28th. It will open with the annual Reina del Carnaval Pageant on Friday, followed by a block party on Saturday, three days of painting and comparsa (dance groups) dancing from Sunday to Tuesday, and will end with the burning of Juan Carnaval on Wednesday, March 1st. That’s quite a line up for some adventurous activities!

This is the only celebration of its kind in the entire country Belize! If you are wondering why San Pedro is the only town in Belize to celebrate carnival, well that’s simple; because of its strong ties to Latin culture. Carnaval dates back 150 years and is celebrated in many ways across Europe, Central and South America. One thing that all Carnaval celebrations across the world have in come is that they are very lively and colourful, encompassing great music and much dancing.

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El Gran Carnaval de San Pedro is approaching!

The long- standing island tradition, El Gran Carnaval De San Pedro, is set for Sunday February 26th through Tuesday February 28th. The festivities, which commemorate the beginning of the Lenten season, will be held under the theme ‘Orgullo, Alegría y Pasión; Carnaval es mi Tradición.’ Combining traditional paintings and comparsas (dancing) group presentations, The San Pedro Town Council has organized several activities for the weekend.

This year, the highly anticipated event will be bittersweet. The annual photo exhibit at the San Pedro House of Culture (SPHC) honoring the history of El Carnaval, will instead feature a pictorial exhibit celebrating the life of the late Felix Ayuso. Ayuso was an invaluable part of the traditional Carnaval Comparsas.

On Saturday, February 25th, another tribute to remember Ayuso has been planned to take place at the Central Park during the annual block party. There will be live dance and musical presentations by DJ Chabo and DJ Dev. The activity starts from 6pm until...

The celebration continues on Sunday, February 26th with the beginning of the three days of Carnaval fun. Activities for Sunday include, a beach party at Central Park starting from 6PM. The party will be hosted by Air Invasion Sound, DJ Hypastatic, and DJ Debbie.

On Monday, February 27th JLA sound, DJ Smallz, and DJ Patron will be providing the entertainment during the foam fever teen party. The fun begins from midday until 6pm at the Central Park.

On the last day of Carnaval, Tuesday February 28th, the celebration will continue at the Central Park with another foam party beginning at 6pm. Entertainment will be provided by DJ Dev, Air Invasion Sound, DJ Smallz, DJ Hypastatic, DJ Chabo, DJ Debbie, DJ Patron, and JLA Sound.

During the three official days of the festivities, the traditional comparsas and painting will take place in downtown San Pedro, starting every day from 1pm until.

According to local authorities, the rules remain the same. It is recommended that only children paint on Sunday. NO painting of comparsa participants, properties, signs, vehicles and people in uniform or coming from work; no oil paint or spray paint; no bottle squeezers will be allowed; no throwing of eggs or use of rotten eggs; painters are asked to respect tourists, unless they want to participate. The painting zones are: beach front from Ruby’s Hotel to the cemetery area, and Barrier Reef Drive. Non-painters are recommended to avoid the painting zones.

Barrier Reef Drive will be closed to all vehicular traffic and no parking will be allowed on either Barrier Reef Drive or Pescador Drive between 1PM to 7PM on all Carnaval days. Both the San Pedro Police Department and San Pedro Traffic Department will be enforcing the rules and regulations of the Carnaval celebration along the designated areas. Comparsas will be done on Angel Coral Street, Pescador Drive and Barrier Reef Drive.

The Carnaval fever will end on Wednesday, March 1st with the traditional burning of Don Juan Carnaval at the Central Park at 6PM. Everyone is invited to enjoy and celebrate El Gran Carnaval de San Pedro!

Click here to read the rest of the article and see more photos in the San Pedro Sun


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Mary Magaña is the new Reina Del Carnaval 2017-2018. Congratulations, and all the best in your reigning!



The moment when the new Reina Del Carnaval 2017-2018 was announced!







Last minute changes for the Carnaval,,,,,,, Saturday the 25th, 12:00md Barrier Reef Drive closed by the Park. ALL of Barrier Reef Drive will be closed to all vehicles from 12 midday. Sunday, Monday and Tuesday No vehicles on Barrier Reef Drive and no parking on Pescador Drive between 3:00pm and 9:00pm.


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Check out the Carnaval line up for the upcoming week! Who's ready?



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As part of this year's Carnaval Celebrations, the San Pedro House of Culture will launch "El Gran Carnaval de San Pedro" book. The book is dedicated to the memory of el Rey del Carnaval, Jose Felix Ayuso.



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Day 1 of the great carnival of San Pedro. San Pedro Aids commission supernumeraries. Come out and enjoy the creative and traditional "Supers" (dance groups), dancing through the streets of downtown San Pedro. Long live the tradition and live the carnival!


Dona Flora and Jaguar Girls Carnaval Comparsas!


Jaguar girls or best known as the barbies comparsas carnival group! Long live the carnival! Long live the tradition!


Los Barbies Carnaval Group


Carnaval Comparsas San Pedro AIDS Commission


Carnaval Comparsa Day 1 Doña Flora & Jaguars Girls




Carnaval Fiesta! A tribute to Felix Ayuso!


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El Gran Carnaval de San Pedro has started!

The Carnaval fever has once again invaded San Pedro Town as the annual ‘El Gran Carnaval de San Pedro,’ tipped off this past weekend. With the official ceremonies and block party on Saturday, February 25th, the festivities so far have been bigger and more colourful than ever. The traditional celebration is held to usher in the 40-day Lenten Season, and this year’s Carnaval is being held under the theme ‘Orgullo, Alegria, y Pasion; Carnaval es mi Tradicion!’

On Sunday, February 26th, the three-days of comparsas presentations and painting along the town core of San Pedro kicked off. From 1PM traffic access on Pescador Drive and Barrier Reef Drive was closed. The different comparsas groups (San Pedro AIDS Commission, Doña Flora Ancona, Jaguar Girls, and Las Tejedoras) brought much fun and entertainment to the spectators who danced and sang with them during their performances.

The fun continues today, Monday, February 27th, starting at 2PM with another round of comparsas presentations and painting through the streets of downtown San Pedro. There will also be a Foam Teen Party at the Central Park ending at 6PM.

Click here to read the rest of the article and see LOTS more photos in the San Pedro Sun



San Pedro AIDS Commission

San Pedro Carnaval 2017 Kicks Off

Carnaval 2017 has started with colorful costumes, live music and lots of dancing by four compara groups that took to the streets to downtown San Pedro, Ambergris Caye. On Sunday, February 26, 2017, the island came to life with residents enjoyed one of the most traditional celebrations on the island. The four compara groups (street dancing groups) are: Flora's Group, San Pedro AIDS Commisssion, Las Original Barbies, and Jaguar's Girls.

Click here to read the rest of the article and see LOTS more photos in the Ambergris Today



SPHC opens exhibit to El Rey del Carnaval

As a prelude to the annual Carnaval activities, the San Pedro House of Culture (SPHC) opened an exhibit to pay tribute to the late Felix Ayuso, “El Rey del Carnaval” on Friday, February 17th. From his costumes to his skits, for years Ayuso has been a very prominent figure during Carnaval. El Gran Carnaval de San Pedro is a unique tradition that dates back to 1848 and has been passed down through generations.

After the opening addresses, Mito Paz and Tula Ayuso distributed a specially-made Carnaval booklet to Ayuso’s close family members and friends. The booklet highlights the history of Carnaval, as well as achievements of the great carnavalistas.

The highlight of the night was a special presentation of the comparsas. Los Mascardos, Baile de Disfraz (Masquerade Ball), Los Inditos, Las Chinitas, Las Racheritas, Las Estudiantinas, Las Cubanitas, Las Nigritas, Los Hippies, La Sandunga, Las Hawaiianas, and Las Marineras all walked onstage to showcase their costumes. Don Juan Carnaval then took to the stage with his wife and three widows as a reenactment of his marriage. Legend has it that Don Juan was a wealthy womanizer who took great pride in seducing women. It is said that eventually he was stabbed to death by one of his jealous wives. Don Juan was said to have known everyone’s secrets, and his will revealed some of them, which is read on Ash Wednesday.

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CARNAVAL 2017 - DAY 1

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Carnaval Livens up with Foam Party + MORE Dances & Painting

Carnaval Dancing



San Pedro Carnaval Celebrations 2017

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"Day Two" Carnaval 2017

The Carnaval Fiesta continues as the second day went by with more dancing and painting. Flora's Group theme of "Exercising Girls" fit in perefectly with all the dancing they were doing, while The San Pedro AIDS Commission brought awarness in saying No to Offshore drilling with their theme "Under the Sea". Los Barbies danced the night away celebrating "Los Quine Años De Ruby" Ruby's 15 Años - a parody to the internet famous birthday celebration. Lets not forget the painting and the foam party!

Click here to read the rest of the article and see more photos in the Ambergris Today



El Gran Carnaval de San Pedro 2017

‘Orgullo, Alegría y Pasión; Carnaval es mi Tradición', El Gran Carnval de San pedro is in full swing! Ushering in the 40-day Lenten period, this year's event is taking place from Friday, February 24th to Tuesday, February 28th. Carnaval is all about TRADITION and friendship, and we invite you to be a part of it!

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Fabulous photos!!!!!!!


Carnaval 2017 - Day 2 with San Pedro Aids Commission. All the creatures of the sea came out to sing and dance with the Reef but big greedy oil wanted to join in.

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Our powerful message got through with some of the most colorful and beautiful under the sea creatures in our Belize waters



CARNAVAL 2017 DAY 2

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