San Pedro Carnaval 2018 - 01/19/18 12:26 PM
Please take note of these important Carnaval Rules!
A pre-Lenten festivity that was once widely practiced in northern Belize, the Carnaval tradition has managed to survive in a few places in the country, namely Caledonia Village, Corozal District, and Ambergris Caye, Belize District. Commencing with the enmascarados – masked dancers – groups go throughout the village signaling the start of Carnaval. This all takes place three days before Lent and is similar to the Mardi Gras festivities in the US. During the three days of revelry, dancers go from home to home to perform ‘Comparsas’, which traditionally include “El Torito”, “El Papalotito”, “La Culebra” and “La Cinta”. In recent years, the traditional Hog Head dance has been incorporated into the festivities.
On Ambergris Caye, the town of San Pedro has taken the Carnaval festivities to an entirely different level. Groups of Comparsas dancers plan months in advance, from costumes to lyrics and music, their themes vary each day. One thing that stands out every year is the commentary, and the lyricists’ insight to the happenings around the country. Taking serious news (national and international) and converting it into a humorous play, in Spanish, is about talent and the songwriters have it in spades!
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Paint or Be Painted! San Pedro’s UNIQUE Carnaval is Coming SOON!
Mardi Gras or Carnival, the holiday is celebrated around the world. The festivus of eating, drinking and naughtiness before the beginning of Lent. Different places do different things…we all know about the celebration in New Orleans or in Rio (Brazil attracts 70% of its tourists during this week alone!) but in San Pedro, it’s been going on for decades and it is totally unique. This is a festival that’s been held for decades – before San Pedro had tourists. Get covered in paint with local kids, dance in the park, drink Belikin beers on a dock and then take a dip in ocean.
Master of Ceremonies, Mr. Eiden Salazar invited everyone to stand for the national anthem which was then followed by a prayer.
As part of the ceremony, MC Eiden Salazar invited everyone for a moment of silence in remembrance of the late Mr. Felix Ayuso Jr. is a great icon during Carnaval, popularly known for his passion and drive to celebrate and carry on the old tradition. The family of Mr. Felix Ayuso Jr. was present at the event where they were acknowledged and presented a unique tshirt designed to honor his memory. The shirts were put on sale and all proceeds of the shirt will go towards the San Pedro AIDS Commission in honor of Mr. Felix Ayuso Jr. The San Pero AIDS Commission was another passion of Mr. Ayuso.
An avid fan himself, Councilor Hector "Tito" Alamilla, delivered the welcome address in which he expressed his love for this old and very unique tradition.
Hon. Manuel Heredia Jr. delivered the keynote address where he shared memories of his experiences during Carnaval in San Pedro.
Lastly, Councilor Flora Ancona delivered the closing remarks where she thanked everyone for assisting the event and those that made the event a great success. She also took the time to invite everyone to participate in this great and unique tradition so that the younger generations can enjoy of it too.
The audience were delighted with entertainment from the San Pedro Dance Academy which never fail to impress the crowd with their rhythmic choreography and vibrant costumes.
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Carnaval 2018 Day One – Bad Bunnies And Pocahontas
Carnaval 2018 has officially begun and on Sunday, February 11, 2018, the children enjoyed the painting and foam party at Central Park. This year two groups of adult comparsas took the streets of San Pedro to entertain everybody. Dona Flora’s Group were “Pocahontas” and danced the night away to melodious beats, followed behind by the ever popular “Barbies”. Without fail the men’s group always draws a crowd and this year they danced to the popular “Moviento Naranja” beat dressed as beautiful bunnies. Below are pictures of this year’s first day of Carnaval for your enjoyment. Don’t forget to head on out today and enjoy Day Two of Carnaval!
San Pedro’s Carnaval is back!
San Pedro Town is once again in a festive mood with the anticipated ‘El Gran Carnaval de San Pedro,’ which started over the weekend. Official ceremonies were held on Saturday, February 10th at the Central Park under the theme ‘Canta, Baila, Y Goza!’ The festivities so far have attracted hundreds of residents and visitors alike, who are enjoying the block parties, and the colorful comparsa dance groups’ performances on the main streets of downtown San Pedro. The three-day festivity kicked off with a short formal ceremony on Saturday with members of The San Pedro Town Council addressing the community. The event started with a minute of silence in memory of the late carnavalero Felix Ayuso. Ayuso’s family was presented with t-shirts commemorating the life of their deceased loved one.
Reina del Carnaval pageant crowns a new queen; Ana Najarro
There was much fun and laughter at the annual Miss Carnival Pageant on Friday, February 9th at the Angel Nuñez Auditorium. Organized by Flora Ancona’s Comparsa Group, the fifth annual pageant raised funds for the group’s carnival activities, and opened the festivities for ‘El Gran Carnaval de San Pedro.’ The pageant saw the participation of five lovely ladies vying for the coveted title. The contestants, Angela Guerrero, Dulce Portillo, Ana Najarro, Delcia Garcia, and Elsa Wiltshire took to the stage for an intense competition, but at the end of the night, it was Ana Najarro who charmed the judges and took home the title of ‘Reina del Carnaval’ 2018-2019. The show tipped off after 7PM with an opening dance by the five contestants. They introduced themselves as they danced in colorful costumes. Following the opening, the lovely ladies retreated backstage to prepare for the first segment of the pageant.
Carnaval 2018 Day Two - Cupid And Queen Of The Bay Parody
Day two of Carnaval 2018 was alot of fun as there was lots more painting and dancing at Central Park. The comparsas had everyone laughing and dancing. Did you know President Trump was on the island? That's right even President Donald Trump made it at Carnaval 2018 as the students of Ambergris Caye Elementary School did a parody on the "wall of Donald Trump". Dona Flora's group had everyone feeling the love as they danced along with Cupid. The Barbies (men's group) took us back to September 2017 as they had the "Queen of the Bay Parody" making everyone laugh and have a great time as "Barbie Moya" took away the crown of the Queen of the Bay and gave it to whom she thought was the righful queen. Loads and loads of fun! Today is the last day of Carnaval do not miss out on this fun tradition of our isla bonita!
Barrier reef drive will be closed again at 4:00pm. please follow diversions.
Last day of the Carnival.
Foam party in Central Park
Carnaval 2018 Day Three - Barbies Shake To Scooby Doo Pa Pa
Carnaval 2018 ended with a bang as the two comparsas group gave it their all and danced their hearts out! Dona Flora's Group theme was "Carnival Soca Queen" and they wore brightly colored costumes and head pieces and were in full carnival spirit! The Barbies theme was "El Mango Relajado/Scooby Do Pa Pa" and boy oh boy did these men shake what their momma gave them. The were in high spirits singing and dancing and having so much fun entertaining their audience. It was a great way to end this year's Carnaval... Here are pics of the last day of Carnaval ...enjoy
Things That Are Normal on Ambergris Caye only During Carnava
Carnaval in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize is one of the MOST UNIQUE celebrations in the country. There are two main things that make it FUN – Walking around town covered in paint and watching members of our community dance through the streets and entertaining residents on their porches. It’s a cultural celebration that is almost 90 years old. According to folklore, don Juan Carnaval commenced the celebration prior to lent. There was a big festival in San Pedro featuring music, dancing, food and bacchanalia. The festive spirit continued for three days of Carnival from Sunday to Tuesday and on Wednesday the period of lent with fasting and sacrifice commenced. The celebrations are based from these folkloric and cultural beginnings.