Easter in San Pedro

The Island Newspaper, Ambergris Caye, Belize            Vol. 15, No. 13            March 30, 2005

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With its sandy shores and crystal clear Caribbean waters, thousands of locals and tourists picked San Pedro as their spring break destination. This Easter week, San Pedro was eventful and had both young and old entertained. From Easter egg hunts for kids to barbeques for adults, the island was teeming with people of all ages, races and backgrounds. The main purpose – to relax and enjoy the cool breeze that the island has to offer.

     On Good Friday, the religious side of Easter was displayed when the Roman Catholic Church held its annual Easter procession. Hundreds of people, all dressed in black, white or purple, came together topray and walked down the streets of “La Isla Bonita,” re-enacting Christ’s journey to the cross.

     Later that evening, the Pier Lounge had people screaming and shouting with their very own chicken drop. People gathered around to play, laugh and watch the games. The first game prize was for a $100, and the most anticipated game was game three, where players had the chance to win as much as $500.

     On Saturday, different scrumptious smells, music, laughter and joy took over the island. The Holiday Hotel had an all day jump up with DJ Habo. The Holiday house rocked until the wee hours of the morning with lots of food and plenty to drink.

     Easter Sunday brought its own share of adventure and fun. The Ambergris Caye Chamber of Commerce (ACCC) held their Annual Easter Egg Hunt for kids of different ages at Tom Vidrine’s property. A press release issued by ACCC stated that about 200 children showed up for this year’s hunt. With the help of many volunteers and many donations from local businesses, this year was the most successful Chamber Easter Egg Hunt yet. The release went on to say It would not have been possible without the help of those who coordinated children’s games, such as balloon races and Simon Says, while other volunteers were hiding eggs. These games were not only very fun and made the children laugh but also kept them from looking for the eggs before the hunt actually began. Volunteers also distributed hot dogs and juice after the hunt to all the children who were hungry and thirsty after all their playing and running around. The Ambergris Caye Chamber of Commerce would like to thank all those individuals who took many hours of their Easter Sunday Holiday to make sure that so many children had a wonderful time and that they all left with candy, prizes, and most importantly, smiles on their faces.

     Another hot spot for Sunday was the Riverside Sports Bar and Grill Beach Bash at Boca del Rio Park. They had an ultimate beach fiesta that had party people enjoying their cold beers, and eating finger-licking barbeques, shrimp and sausage kebabs, and ceviches. The Pier Lounge also held Easter festivities, with an Easter egg hunt on the beach for the kids and even an egg hunt for the adults inside the bar. Caliente offered a barbeque lunch that all could enjoy while taking in the day.

     Adding to the biggest day of activities was the Free Music School (FMS), which held a music and dinner concert at the Central Park where children and parents came out to be entertained with songs and Easter stories.

     The nightlife in San Pedro was “off the hook” this past weekend! Clubs were overflowing with people dancing and have a grand time. Jaguars, Big Daddy’s and Barefoot Iguana were all jumping with music, drinks and energy.

     It was not only San Pedro holding festivities, however. Caye Caulker was also thumping with exciting activities like several beach parties and their very own sailing regatta, where twenty boats participated in the race. All in all, this year’s Easter festivities, both in San Pedro and Caye Caulker, will surely be remembered by all who spent their four-day holiday on the cayes!

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