It was officially announced at the San Pedro International Costa Maya Festival Committee meeting on May 26th, that Garibaldi, a well known pop salsa group, will be the main attraction of the 1998 festival. Garibaldi will be performing on Belize International Night, Saturday, July 25th. Other performers for Belize Night have not yet been confirmed.
GRUPO TACA was also announced as the Grand Sponsor of the Costa Maya Festival. TACA has been a great contributor to the festival for years.The committee would like to thank GRUPO TACA for their generosity and continued support.
Sponsors of the festival are as follows: Grand Sponsor - GRUPO TACA. Diamond Sponsors - Estero Amor/Love FM - the official radio station of the pageant, Ramon's Village and the San Pedro Town Board. Platinum Sponsors - Aero-Caribe and Belican Supply. Gold Sponsors - Maya Island Air and James Brodie. James Brodie will also be donating a cash prize to a contestant in the Reina del la Costa Maya Pageant with the best "Coppertone." Silver Sponsors - Crystal Shipping, Pete's Enterprises and Bronze Sponsors - Travel and Tour Belize, Amigos Del Mar and Treasure Chest Seafood Restaurant. Other sponsors are Belicolor, The Palms and Harmouch Store.
Hotel Sponsors: Ramon's Village, Paradise Hotel, Belize Yacht Club, San Pedro Holiday Hotel, SunBreeze Hotel, Royal Palm Villas, Spindrift Hotel, Banyan Bay Villas, Martha's Hotel and Mata Rocks.
Entertainment for the festival nights are as follows:
Tuesday, July 21st - Guatemala Night: (opening night) EL Ballet Nacional de Instituto Turismo and Los Malecates (a rock and reggae band). REINA DE LA COSTA MAYA BEAUTY PAGEANT: All five countries have confirmed that they will be participating in the pageant. The names, information and pictures of the contestants will be available next week.
Wednesday, July 22nd - El Salvador Night: Ballet Nacional and the Do Mayor Band.
Thursday, July 23rd - Mexico Night: Ballet de Folklorico de Quintana Roo, Mexico and the CRACK band. A Mariachi Band will also be performing on Mexico Night.
Friday, July 24th - Honduras Night: Grand Banda.
Saturday, July 25th - Belize International Night: Main attraction - Garibaldi. Belizean entertainers for the night have not yet been confirmed.
Sunday, July 26th - The Grand Finale: Fireworks and great entertainment including the Unity Band.
Booths for the week of the festival can be purchased for $360.00. 12 booths have been sold so far. 35 are available. Contact Tony Ventura at 2246.
Tickets for the festival will be available soon. Season passes: adult - $80.00, children - $35.00. Ages 5 to 14 years old will be considered children and may purchase season passes for $35.00. Primary school and high school students must present a school ID. Tickets for Tuesday to Friday nights: $20.00. Saturday night: $40.00. Children under 5 enter free.
The next Costa Maya Festival meeting will be held on June 2nd, at the Paradise Hotel Patio at 7:30 p.m.
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