2nd annual Boat Parade lights up the sea

The Island Newspaper, Ambergris Caye, Belize            Vol. 17, No. 47            December 6, 2007

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1st Place, Power Boat (35ft): “Miss Gina”, Ramon’s Village.

2nd Place in the sailboat/catamaran category: “Escape”, SEArious Adventures.

2nd Place in the powerboat (26’-34’) category: “Nativity Scene”, Coral Beach Realty/Holy Cross School.

2nd Place, powerboat (18’-25’): Playa Blanca Resort.

The Reef Radio Barge was a radio on the water with blasting music and great lights over the water.

Boats of every shape and size were imaginatively adorned with decorations that captivated the senses and stimulated imaginations at the 2nd annual lighted Boat Parade. Seafarers and landlubbers of all ages were dazzled by the highly-watted, joyously-spirited and oh-so-bright parade that was anticipated by many. This year, the sparkling spectacle saw 16 decorated vessels parading against a dark December sky and delighted those watching from the shore.

    Flashes of color illuminated the skies and the water on Sunday evening as residents enjoyed the beauty of the first Annual San Pedro Christmas Boat Parade. Boats ranging from speed boats to sailboats and catamarans sailed gracefully over the dark waters which reflected a kaleidoscope of dancing colors. The dazzling array of holiday lights, festive music and even fireworks filled the air proving to be a great show to people lined up on the beach, docks, hotels, and peeking through their windows at home. The judges had the difficult task of choosing the winners but with plenty of prizes and surprises for every participant, the judging was made a bit challenging.

    And the winners are: in the Power category (18-25’), first place went to #14 “El Bobo”, San Pedro Aids Commission and second place went to #19 Playa Blanca Resort boat who added drummers into the mix. First place in the 26 ft to 34 ft Power boat went to #9 Michael Gabriel, O’Farrell House with their “Christmas island” theme and second place went to #2 Coral Beach realty and Holy Cross School with their creative nativity scene. In the 35 foot and up power boat category, first place went to #5 Miss Gina of Ramons Village and second placed was won by #20 “Lady Katie”, captained by Alex Eiley who adorned a tug boat. The sail boat/catamaran category was won by #11 Seduction by SEAduced by Belize and second place went to #15 “escape” by Searious Adventures. Other prizes were given for Most Artistic which was won by #9 Michael Gabriel of O’Farrell House who decorated their boat with a Santa palm tree theme. Best Religious boat went to #2 Coral Beach Realty and holy Cross School. Best Overall boat went to #5 Miss Gina of Ramons Village who had a dive flag with lights theme. Best Effort and Mayors trophy was won by #3 “Sly Dog” captained by Robbie Guerrero. Esteemed judges for the event include: Brent Kirkman, Miss San Pedro Angie Alamilla, Mayor Elsa Paz, Nurse Natalie Palen, Judge Carl Jones, Pedro Salazar Sr, and Melissa Felleure.

    The Christmas Boat Parade, which has been hailed as one of the top holiday happenings in the nation was truly a magical memory to jumpstart the Christmas season. The nighttime flotilla of brightly decorated power boats in its second year continues to be a premier event during the holiday season in San Pedro that brings joy and happiness to all that view it. After the parade, a beach party at Caliente beachfront ensued with plenty of food, live music and the company of great friends and family.

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