The Christmas spirit has returned to San Pedro and an evidence of that was the large multitude that flocked the beach to witness the annual Christmas Lights Boat Parade. Participation in the parade was not as large as in previous years, but on Saturday islanders invaded the beach to admire the boats as they sailed along the coastline.
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:
Winners received cash prizes and trophies. According to the organizers, two other boats were scheduled to partake in the parade but due to unforeseen circumstances they were unable. Those boats were AIDS Foundation whose boat captain was ill and Punta Azul/Blue Tang.
- Under 18 feet: Jetski Russia/SP Water Sports
- Between 26 and 34 feet: The San Pedro Lions Club/Tanisha Tours
- 35 feet and larger: Holy Cross Anglican School and second place was Coastal Express/Island Academy
- Sailboat Category: Rum Punch/George Eiley
- Catamaran Category: Isla Bonita Elementary School/SeaDuced and second place was Escape/Searious Adventures
- Most adventurous went out to Infinity/Ecologic Divers; most artistic to Island Waves/Funtasea Boats; best religious to Holy Cross Anglican School; best overall to Coastal Express/Island Academy and Junior Division School competition went to Isla Bonita Elementary School. The Mayor’s Trophy was awarded to Coastal Express/Island Academy.
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.