Cental Park was flooded with hundreds of spectators who flocked to the beach to experience the spectacle that is the Holiday Boat Parade. The fourth annual lighted boat parade took place on Saturday, December 5, 2009 and the sights and sounds of the Holiday spirit did not fail to entertain.
The light show on water featured boats of all types and sizes which boasted colorful twinkling lights, music, singing and dancing. Decorations on the boats included a giant Christmas star, Santa’s sleigh led by mini boats, a Dorado leaping into a boat, Santa parasailing, a nativity scene and Santa Claus everywhere. All of this only to get San Pedro and Ambergris Caye into the Christmas spirit and to kick off the year’s tourism season.
The crowds that gathered at different view station cheered and applauded as the boats paraded in front of town. The folks at Central Park enjoyed the Christmas spirit and music, picture taking with Santa, purchased commemorative T-shirts and souvenirs and delicacies to drink and eat.
Below are the winners of this year’s Holiday Boat Parade:
Under 18' 1st place: Jetski Russia/ SP Water Sports
26-34' 1st place: Lion's Club/Tanisha Tours
35' and up 1st place: Holy Cross Anglican School
2nd place: Coastal Express/Island Academy
Sailboat: Rum Punch/George Eiley
Catamaran 1st Place: Isla Bonita Elementary School/SeaDuced
2nd Place: Escape/Searious Adventures
Most Adventurous: Infinity/Ecologic Divers
Most Artistic: Island Waves/Funtasea Boats
Best Religious: Holy Cross Anglican School
Best Over All: Coastal Express/Island Academy
Junior Division School competition: Isla Bonita Elementary School
Mayor's Trophy: Coastal Express/Island Academy
The judges were: Joycelyn McKoy of the Belize Tourism Board; Miss San Pedro Raquel Badillo; Mrs. Ros Emberely; Jim Janmohamed, Charlene Woods of BC's and Mayor Elsa Paz.Ambergris Today
To compliment the night, families enjoyed a perfectly good night at the Central Park with games, music and even Santa who was willing to take pictures next to the large Christmas tree. A panel of judges comprising of Joyce McCoy from the Belize Tourism Board, Miss San Pedro Raquel Badillo, Canadian tourist Rose Kimberley, island resident Jim Janmohamed, Charlene Woods from BC’s and Mayor Elsa Paz were tasked with selecting the winning boat.
At the end of the night the judges chose the following as winners of this years’ Boat Parade:
The Boat Parade once again delighted the crowd with its sparkling and twinkling lights as they glide in the dark. Congratulations to all winners and see you next year.
San Pedro Sun