Garifuna Settlement Day observed in San Pedro

The Island Newspaper, Ambergris Caye, Belize            Vol. 17, No. 45            November 22, 2007

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A boisterous parade had the school children excitedly joining in the Garifuna celebrations

The drum beats filled the air in Central Park as drummers, singers and dancers held an intimate show during the weeklong celebrations.

Little girls danced to the infectious beats…

as a young boy joins in the music with his conch shell horn…

and a beautiful Garifuna baby toddles around in her typical costume.

November 19th, marked 205 years that the Garifuna arrived in Belize. And every year, the heritage is kept alive with celebration of the Garifuna Settlement Day. Activities are carried out all throughout Belize and especially down south to the Punta Gorda and Dangriga. This year, the San Pedro Garifuna Council planned on having several demonstrations of their heritage but those proposed plans fell through at the last minute. Nevertheless, primary schools and other activists were still seen keeping the heritage alive with several parades around town and education of the culture in the schools.
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