|Dilcia Trejo is crowned Miss San Pedro
Belize! Que Viva Belice!" were the words shouted by His Lordship Mayor Alberto
Nuñez as he welcomed Belize's 20th Independent Birthday. Hundreds of Belizeans and visitors joined in
celebrating Belize's independence at the well-organized ceremony that took place
at Central Park on September 20th.
The celebrations began early evening as Barrier
Reef Drive was closed to vehicular traffic and was transformed into a block
party which many said resembled "La Calle Ocho" in Miami. The block party
extended from the front of Spindrift Hotel all the way to Fido's Courtyard. The
street was filled with a variety of establishments who
came out to "camp" by setting up booths on
the street, providing much festive music, party favors and "spirits" to the
multitude of people who chose to celebrate. Others like Caliente Restaurant were
serving some of their mouthwatering dishes and house special drinks. Also
present at the block party were Barefoot Iguana Disco, Juvinie's Bar, Jaguar's
Nightclub, Fantasy World and Mr. C's Sports Bar. The block party was a first for
San Pedro and certainly lived up to the expectations of all those present who
partied until the wee hours of the morning.
before midnight, the partying was partially interrupted to give way to the
official ceremonies. Leading up to this part of the program were the talented
dancers of Barbara's Dance Group. The San Pedro Dance Company then paraded
patriotically down Barrier Reef Drive and into Central Park. Students of St.
Peter's Elementary then entered the park displaying the traditional 21 torches,
followed by members of the Belize Defense Force (BDF).
stage, Mayor Alberto Nuñez was accompanied by the San Pedro Town Councilors, the
Area Representative, reigning Miss San Pedro Adaly Guerrero and queen-elect
Dilcia Trejo. Justices of the Peace were honored with special seating during the
ceremony. Mayor Nuñez and the Area Representative then performed an official
inspection of the gallant members of the BDF unit before addressing the
gathering. Mayor Nuñez then welcomed Belize's Independence, which was greeted by
a spectacular fireworks display.
Independence Day brought many Belizeans and visitors together to celebrate. The
San Pedro Lions Club offered barbecue for sale to the crowd who eagerly awaited
the official coronation of Miss San Pedro. Once again, Central Park was filled
to capacity to witness this part of the celebrations. Miss Dilcia Trejo wowed
the audience as she stepped on stage to accept the scepter, crown and cape. In
her acceptance speech, Miss Trejo pledged to promote San Pedro as a tourist
destination to the best of her ability. Wearing a spectacular white gown, Miss
San Pedro 2001-2002, in all her majesty, led the way for the citizens' parade.
Joining the parade were the Belize Bank Team, Island Academy, Isla Bonita
Elementary School, San Pedro Dance Company, Salvadoran Brothers in Arms, Jose
"Spanish" Pacifico, Little Angel's Pre-School and many others. The fun continued
with an afternoon "jump-up" and games including the ever-popular greasy pole.
As evening approached, many took time for a little rest
before the Byron Lee concert at the old football field. This Reef Radio
Production was the perfect way to culminate the celebrations.
The San Pedro Sun
applauds the efforts and good planning of the San Pedro Town Council, especially
the hard work of Deputy Mayoress Mel Spain and Councilors Domingo Perez and Omar
Arceo. A big thumbs up to all participants!