San Pedro Carnaval 2018

Posted By: Marty

San Pedro Carnaval 2018 - 01/19/18 12:26 PM

The great carnival of San Pedro 2018! More details coming soon.

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Please take note of these important Carnaval Rules!

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Posted By: Marty

Re: San Pedro Carnaval 2018 - 01/20/18 12:04 PM

Carnaval is color, tradition and celebration!

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!

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

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.

Posted By: Marty

Re: San Pedro Carnaval 2018 - 01/22/18 06:18 PM

Inviting all Comparsas to sign up at the San Pedro Town Council. Deadline to sign up is February 7, 2018.

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The various components of Carnaval

As we near Carnaval season, we would like to re-introduce the various components of the pre lenten celebration. During the last few days leading up to Ash Wednesday comparsas would begin to be performed. Dance troupes, accompanied with musicians, would travel through the streets of the community performing comparsas at individual homes or businesses where they would be offered refreshments and, depending on what dance and how many were performed, a small fee would be given.

Carnaval Comparsas may be classified in two parts:

1. Traditional- dances with children and adults. Some examples are “the always present” and very traditional El Torito, La Cinta, El Negrito, El Alacran, Sandunga, El Papalote, Caracolito etc.

2. Adult comparsas “las criticas” criticism – was to ridicule immoral behavior, especially by the elite, it was an opportunity to slam the untouchables with their hidden lives; examples are Bailen Chachacha, Silva Sylveria, La Rhumbera, Cabeza de leon etc. In good natured fun, men would clothe themselves in dresses with over-exaggerated female forms and painted faces singing the stories of what had transpired over the past year. All the while, performers were careful not to call out anyone’s name.
Posted By: Marty

Re: San Pedro Carnaval 2018 - 02/01/18 12:36 PM

Booths Available for the Carnaval Fiesta Block Party only! Free of charge, for Saturday, February 10th! Sign up now at the San Pedro Town Council!

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Posted By: Marty

Re: San Pedro Carnaval 2018 - 02/08/18 11:33 AM

Calendar of events for Carnaval 2018!
Are you ready for some fun?

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Posted By: Marty

Re: San Pedro Carnaval 2018 - 02/09/18 06:51 PM

The Carnival is here again!

Barrier Reef Drive will be closed Saturday 10th February at 1:00pm.
Sunday the 11th Barrier Reef Drive will remain OPEN'
On Monday the 12th and Tuesday the 13th there will be restrictions on parking on Barrier Reef Drive and Pescador Drive, from 3:00pm, this is to allow the children to play "painting" safely.
Drivers should use Angel Coral Street from 3:00pm on these days.

Enjoy the Carnival.

San Pedro Traffic Department


Come out tonight to the SPHS Auditorium for La Reina del Carnaval Pageant Fundraiser. Mrs. Flora Ancona, her team and contestants have a great show prepared for all to enjoy! There will be food and drinks on sale! Que Viva el Carnaval!

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Posted By: Marty

Re: San Pedro Carnaval 2018 - 02/10/18 11:22 AM

Congratulations to the newly elected Miss Carnival 2018, Ana Najarro!

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Ana Najarro Is La Reina Del Carnaval 2018
Canta, Baila y Goza – is this year’s Carnaval theme and on Friday, February 9, 2018, five beautiful contestants took on the stage as they competed for the title of Reina del Carnaval. Singing, dancing and having loads of fun Ana Najarro, Angela Guerrero Pitts, Delcia Garcia, Dulce Portillo and ElsaWiltshire proved to those in attendance that beauty comes in all ages.

The Angel Nuñez Auditorium roared in laughter and applause as spectators gathered to enjoy an evening with the five beautiful contestants who had promised an evening of much entertainment. The crowd went wild as the lovely contestants came out in their opening presentation in colorful costumes and proudly introduced themselves to everyone in attendance.

Taking first runner up was the lovely Dulce Portillo and winning the grand title of La Reina del Carnaval was Ana Najarro. Congratulations to Ana and all the lovely contestants for putting up a great show…Que Viva el Carnaval.
Posted By: Debbie Styles

Re: San Pedro Carnaval 2018 - 02/10/18 04:14 PM

Can you tell me when the parade is?
Posted By: Amanda Syme

Re: San Pedro Carnaval 2018 - 02/11/18 04:16 PM

The way we celebrate Carnaval is unique. There will be 3 days of street dancing by various groups. This is all very hit and miss. You will need to go in search of the dancers but they will be located on the main downtown streets and you won't be able to miss them. In addition there is a showcase at the San Pedro House of Culture highlighting Carnavals of the past. There will be nightly events at Central Park. During the day for the next 3 days you may also run the risk of getting painted.

Wednesday, which is Valentine's day, you will see Don Juan Carnaval (effigy) being burned. And this will be your last chance to enjoy a lobster dish for the next few months.

Our big street parades and street dancing extravaganza is in September.
Posted By: Marty

Re: San Pedro Carnaval 2018 - 02/12/18 12:10 PM


On a very short ceremony, the San Pedro Town Council held the opening ceremonies for Carnaval 2018.

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 Videos

  • The Bad Bunnies Comparsas Group!, 2min. Sing, dance, and enjoy!

  • Las Pocahontas Comparsas Group!, 2min.

  • The great carnival of st. Peter! Long live the tradition!, 1min. El Gran Carnaval De San Pedro! Foam party and painting in full swing at the Central Park!

  • Dance performances at the official opening of the great carnival of San Pedro!, 1/2min. Long live the tradition!

  • Bad bunny is in San Pedro, happy Carnival., 1min. It's CARNAVAL time in San Pedro

  • Movimiento Las Nalgas, 5min. Mens’s Comparsa Carnaval 2018

  • San Pedro Carnaval 2018 Street Dancing, 15min.

  • San Pedro Carnaval, 4min.

  • San Pedro Carnaval, 2min.

    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.

    San Pedro, Belize carnaval 2018 comparsas


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  • Posted By: Marty

    Re: San Pedro Carnaval 2018 - 02/12/18 06:11 PM

    Please be advised that Barrier Reef drive will be closed from 3.30pm today Monday for the carnival.
    Posted By: Marty

    Re: San Pedro Carnaval 2018 - 02/13/18 12:21 PM

    Carnaval day 2 Videos

  • Day 2 of Carnaval, 2min. Ambergris Caye Elementary School does U.S President Donald Trump parody on immigration

  • Carnaval Day 2: Cupid theme, 2.5min.

  • The ‘Barbies’ pick fun at Queen of the Bay Pageant controversy. Carnaval 2018, 6min.

  • San Pedro Carnaval Day 2 - Valentine Cupids Invade the streets, 12min.

  • Corozal 2018 Carnaval, 10min.

  • El Carnaval Orange Walk Town, 7min. Gracias al grupo de Caledonia, Belize High School of Agriculture, Masewal de Yo Creek, Mayor Kevin Bernard, Orange Walk Town Council, Banquitas House of Culture, Institute for Social & Cultural Research, Northern Maya Association of Belize

    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!

  • Posted By: Marty

    Re: San Pedro Carnaval 2018 - 02/13/18 07:09 PM

    THE ONLY PLACE TONIGHT TO BE IS AT THE CENTRAL PARK! Massive Carnaval Rave with DJ DALLA, DJ DEBBIE and STATTIC SOUND! Come and have fun in the foam!

    Barrier reef drive will be closed again at 4:00pm. please follow diversions.
    Last day of the Carnival.

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    Posted By: Marty

    Re: San Pedro Carnaval 2018 - 02/14/18 12:46 PM

    San Pedro, Belize carnaval 2018 day/Dia 3 comparsas


  • Mrs. Flora Ancona’s Comparsa, 6min.

  • Barbo’s Comparsa, 9min.

  • Barbos one more time, 4min.

  • Carnaval Madness Day 3 at the Central Park!, 25min.

  • Fat Tuesday. Last day or Carnaval, 5.5min.

  • Scooby Doo Pa Pa, 8min.

  • El Gran Carnaval De San Pedro!, 10min.

    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.

  • Posted By: Marty

    Re: San Pedro Carnaval 2018 - 02/15/18 12:28 PM

    The burning of Juan Carnaval! Closing of 2018 San Pedro's Carnival!

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