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Carnaval 2015

Posted By: Marty

Carnaval 2015 - 01/07/15 05:34 PM


Here are the dates for the Carnaval events that will be taking place

Comparsas groups, kindly sign up your group at the San Pedro Town Council with Ms. Lorna Vasquez.

Posted By: Marty

Re: Carnaval 2015 - 01/22/15 09:52 AM


February is right around the corner and with it comes the beautiful colors and musical fun of El Gran Carnaval de San Pedro. This year the festivities are being held under the theme “La vida es un Carnaval – Life is a Carnival.” The San Pedro Town Council is working with various stakeholders and has many activities planned to spread through February 7th to the 18th.

The activities kick off on Saturday February 7th with La Reina del Carnaval Pageant (the selection of a Carnival Queen). This will take place at the San Pedro High School starting at 7:30PM. Five ladies are competing to succeed reigning Queen Mrs. Leonor Rosado.

The San Pedro Town Council has scheduled the annual Carnival Fiesta Block Party for Friday, February 13th. The event starts at 8PM on Barrier Reef Drive and Central Park, and the best Carnaval inspired drinks, food and booth will be judged. There will be dances and live musical entertainment.

On the 14th of February, on Valentine’s Night, for the second consecutive year, the San Pedro House of Culture has organized the Carnival Masquerade Ball. The event will take place at Holiday Hotel/Caprice starting at 9PM under the theme “Be Masked, Be Loved, Be Mine!” Be sure to get your mask at Holiday Hotel while they last! There will be DJ Music, free shots and lots to eat and drink. Entrance is free.

From the 15 to the 17th of February, there will be the traditional comparsas and painting in the downtown area of San Pedro. Comparsas (dances) will be done on Angel Coral Street, Pescador Drive and Barrier Reef Drive. Besides being closed to bicycles and motorize vehicles, no parking will be allowed on Pescador and Barrier Reef Drive on these days from 4PM to 10PM.

Rules for Painting

  • Recommended that only children paint on the 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
  • Painting Zone – Beach from Ruby’s Hotel to the Cemetery area and Barrier Reef Drive
  • Non-painters are recommended to avoid painting zone.

On Monday, February 15th and Tuesday, February 16th, there will be live music by Sweet Pain Band from Dangriga courtesy of DJ Debbie. According to the San Pedro Town Council, the police will be enforcing the rules and the enforcement officers will be placed in strategic areas along the painting zone and comparsa route.

The events culminate on the night of Ash Wednesday, on February 18th, with the traditional burning of Juan Carnaval. It starts immediately after mass at 8PM at the Central Park and promises to be lots of fun, as there will be the annual reading of the Juan Carnaval Will.

The San Pedro Town Council invites everyone to join in the fun and wishes all a happy and safe Carnival 2015.

Posted By: Marty

Re: Carnaval 2015 - 01/28/15 10:42 AM

Booths are available for the Carnaval Fiesta! Block Party on Friday, February 13th, at the Central Park!

We will have prizes for the Best Carnaval Inspired Booth, Best Carnaval Inspired Drink and Best Carnaval Inspired Food! You can sign up by visiting the San Pedro Town Council's office, by phone (226-2936) or by sending us a message on facebook.

SIGN UP NOW!


Posted By: Marty

Re: Carnaval 2015 - 02/05/15 05:47 PM

Carnaval 2015 Dates, Rules & Regulations


Posted By: Marty

Re: Carnaval 2015 - 02/07/15 10:36 AM


Watch for Cholo’s Barbies at Carnaval!

When Carnaval hits the island, it’s a three-day fun-fest of color, loud music, paints and dancing. Groups form months in advance, planning their strategy and costumes, focusing on the music, lyrics to their song, and themes for each day of the festivities. Notable amongst the groups are the hilarious Cholo’s Barbies.

Yes; manly men run to their wives’ closets, pulling on dresses, skirts, stuffing their shirts with balloons, slapping on the warpaint and pulling on wigs in an effort to take on a new look. These are men who spend the majority of their time out fishing, tour-guiding, in construction – you know, male-dominated fields.

But come Carnaval time, it is all about TRADITION and friendship. The group also spends an inordinate amount of time drinking beers or rum and cokes at Cholo’s Sports Bar – the unofficial clubhouse for the Cholo’s Barbies. This is where the magic happens.


Jeanette Salfeety sent us a vintage (1992) photograph of young boys dressed up for Carnaval (shown at right). Would you believe that some of those same boys are carrying on that tradition 23 years later? That’s what the Barbies are about: children who grew up with the tradition, embracing it and keeping it a part of their lives for three days out of the year.

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


Cholo's Barbies - Carnaval 2015 San Pedro Belize

Short clip of this years street dancing - Comparsas - during Carnaval in San Pedro, Belize. These are the men from Cholo's :)

Posted By: Marty

Re: Carnaval 2015 - 02/08/15 10:20 AM

Congratulations to the the 2015 Reina del Carnaval Silvia Patricia Lopez!


Posted By: Marty

Re: Carnaval 2015 - 02/09/15 07:11 PM


Second Annual Mrs. Carnaval Pageant Kicks off Celebrations in San Pedro

Silvia Patricia Lopez, affectionately known as “La Patty Yeh-Yeh”, was crowned Reina del Carnaval (Mrs. Carnaval) 2015 at the second annual pageant that kick started the Carnaval celebrations in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize on Saturday, February 7, at the R. Angel Nuñez Auditorium.

A jam-packed venue of elated spectators witnessed all the song, dance and humor that the pageant organizers and contestants put together for the second annual Reina del Carnaval Pageant. The pageant, dedicated to the traditional slapstick-style celebrations of Carnaval on the island, was contested by women 40 years and older. Needless to say, it was a very entertaining event with five contestants competing for the title of Mrs. Carnaval; the contestants were 51-year-old Silvia Patricia Lopez, 48-year-old Neri Itzab, 42-year-old Sinia Cruz, 49-year-old Rose Marie Linarez and 44-year-old Zeida Alamilla.

Mrs Carnaval Pageant San Pedro Belize 2015

Silvia Patricia Lopez was selected as San Pedro, Ambergris Caye's Reina del Carnaval (Mrs. Carnaval) 2015 in the island's second annual pageant that kicked off the Carnaval Celebrations. The pageant, dedicated to the traditional slapstick-style celebrations of Carnaval on the island, was contested by women 40 years and older. Needless to say, it was a very entertaining pageant with plenty of song, dance and most importantly, humor.

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

Posted By: Marty

Re: Carnaval 2015 - 02/10/15 07:08 PM

5 DAYS FOR THE PAINTING AND COMPARSAS TO BEGIN!

Video of Carnaval in San Pedro Belize by the San Pedro Town Council

Posted By: Marty

Re: Carnaval 2015 - 02/11/15 10:38 AM

We are asking all Comparsas group to contact the San Pedro Town Council to confirm their participation in order to be taken into consideration for judging. Deadline: Friday, February 13, 2015.

If you have registered, you may disregard this message.
San Pedro Town Council

CARNAVAL DATES: February 7, 13-18

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Posted By: Marty

Re: Carnaval 2015 - 02/11/15 08:14 PM


Click photos for more pictures!

There is a Carnaval Photographic Exhibition going on at the San Pedro House of Culture. You are invited to view the exhibition.


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Painting has always been a part of the Carnaval Tradition in San Pedro. Come check out the Exhibition at the San Pedro House of Culture.

Posted By: Marty

Re: Carnaval 2015 - 02/13/15 07:28 PM

Don't miss out the Carnaval Fiesta! Block Party tonight at 7:30 p.m. There will be dance performances by Yaka's Elite Dancers, Miss San Pedro 2014, Michelle Nuñez and from the Ballet Folklorico de Bacalar with over 20 dancers. We will also have a performance by Guillermo and Neslen Rivero and our very own local band Rompe Raja! You definitely won't want to miss this show! QUE VIVA EL CARNAVAL DE SAN PEDRO!

TRAFFIC RULES DURING THE PAINTING AND COMPARSAS FROM SUNDAY FEB 15 TO TUESDAY FEB 17


Posted By: Marty

Re: Carnaval 2015 - 02/16/15 10:52 AM


Carnaval 2015 begins in San Pedro Town, Ambergris Caye, Belize. Paint wars by kids and tomorrow and Tuesday, the adults, is a big part of it all.

It’s Carnaval time in San Pedro, Belize

Carnaval 2015 begins in San Pedro Town, Ambergris Caye, Belize. On Sunday, Front Street, the beach and Central Park were given over to paint wars by kids. They descended on the park with bottles filled with washable paints (hopefully) and even some raw eggs.

Often banding together in teams, they waged battles on other groups, gleefully smearing each other from head to toe. They get to do it again after school tomorrow and Tuesday, starting at 3 p.m. The adults get to join in too.

A big part of the celebration is Carnaval Comparsa, the marching of adult groups in themed costumes. They can be political, social, cultural — and as often as not, that very attractive woman marching by you is a guy. Some, like Felix, head of the local HIV Commission (in a photo in this blog) do an amazing transformation. The groups march and dance every night and compete for prizes.

Click here to read the rest of the article and see LOTS more awesome photos on the Bound for Belize blog!


Yes! This is Carnaval in San Pedro, Belize
Men dressing up in drag and dancing through the streets of downtown San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize – there is nothing odd with that, once it is Carnival time, of course. The official Carnival celebrations kicked off on Friday, February, 13, 2015. The comparsas (street dancing groups) are always a highlight of Carnaval in San Pedro and three of them made their way through downtown San Pedro once again with vibrant costumes and cheerful song & dance. The men’s group who dress in drag came out in full force and are always there to give spectators a great laugh. Of course Carnaval is not complete with revelers hitting the streets with paint and raw eggs in hand to joyfully paint each other; it’s the signature practice that makes the yearly event so colorful and fun. The painting and street dancing continue for two more day. Here are some images of the FUN of San Pedro Carnaval Day One:


San Pedro Carnaval Celebrations Day 1 Comparsas

Men dressing up in drag and dancing through the streets of downtown San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize – there is nothing odd with that, once it is Carnival time, of course. The official Carnival celebrations kicked off on Friday, February, 13, 2015.


Dedicated Comparsa Street Dancers Keep San Pedro Carnaval Alive
Only three groups of comparsas (Street Dancers) made it out to the streets of San Pedro for Carnaval this year; they are the loyal group of committed dancers and Carnaval enthusiasts of Doña Flora’s Group, the San Pedro AIDS Commission and the Barbies men’s group. Day two of Carnaval in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize, was heightened by the dance presentations of these three amazing groups. When you take a closer look at the intricate costumes these groups come up with, closely listen to the song lyrics and see how passionately they dance for hours through the streets of downtown, you get to appreciate the dances even more. Laugh at the lyrics and crazy dancing until your belly hurts and follow the comparsas down the streets as every time there is something new or a surprise on hand. It’s a great part of Carnaval in San Pedro.


san pedro carnival 2015 Belize

Carnaval 2015 en la Isla Cariñosa San Pedro Ambergris Caye Belize

Posted By: Marty

Re: Carnaval 2015 - 02/18/15 12:12 PM

Street Dancing Comparsas Highlight San Pedro Carnival

Only three groups of comparsas (Street Dancers) made it out to the streets of San Pedro for Carnaval this year February 2015. Day two of Carnaval in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize, was heightened by the dance presentations of these three amazing groups.



El Gran Carnaval de San Pedro, Belize - Pablo y sus Barbies

One of the most anticipated island traditions in San Pedro, Belize. Celebrates three days before Ash Wednesday.

Posted By: Marty

Re: Carnaval 2015 - 02/20/15 12:29 PM


The colors, rhythm and sounds of Carnaval in San Pedro!

The celebration continued on Saturday, February 14th with the second annual Masquerade Ball. Held at the Caprice Bar and Grill, the Masquerade Ball is hosted by the San Pedro Cultural Committee in collaboration with the San Pedro Town Council, The San Pedro House of Culture, The San Pedro Holiday Hotel and Caprice Bar and Grill. It seeks to revive the “Fiesta de Disfraz/bando” that was last hosted in 1942. Masked party goers enjoyed cold drinks and cocktails while dancing the night away.

The last events were the three days of painting and the comparsas presentation from Sunday, February 15th to Tuesday, February 17th. From 4PM to 10PM children and adults took to the streets painting one another in colorful hues of water paint. During this time, traffic access on Barrier Reef Drive and a portion of Pescador Drive was closed. Those not wanting to participate in the painting were encouraged to avoid these areas.

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

Posted By: Marty

Re: Carnaval 2015 - 02/25/15 08:26 PM


If you haven't seen the Carnaval Photographic Exhibition yet, please stop by the House of Culture. The exhibit will run until March 24th.

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