Danielito Rivero Crowned Miss Carnaval - Lions Club voted best Comparsa







Miss Carnaval 99, Danielita Rivero
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"Viva Carnaval" indeed. San Pedro which has been known for its outrageous spirit during carnival, did not deceive its people. Once more San Pedro came out in full force to celebrate Carnaval on February 14th, 15th and 16th.

To kick-off Carnival 1999, the San Pedro Town Board and the Carnaval Committee held a Grand Carnaval & Valentine Bazaar on Saturday, February 13th, 1999 at Central Park. Despite the "chilly" weather and Oscar de la Hoya's boxing match, many people attended the event. One of the favorite games of the evening was the Tombola and Fish Pond. A wide variety of music selections by "Lichi's Box" kept the crowd entertained. The highlight of the bazaar was the choosing of Miss Carnaval '99. Three beautiful participants vied for this title: Miss Janine Haylock, Miss Carol Maldonado and Miss Danielita Rivero. The popularity contest allowed the contestants to raise funds (1¢ per vote) before and throughout the bazaar. Danielita Rivero, sponsored by Pannell Kerr Forster, proved to be the most popular with a total of 136,239 votes. Janine Haylock, sponsored by Mata Chica, received 94,941 votes and Carol Maldonado, sponsored by Victoria House, collected 82,099 votes. Each sponsor opened the contest with 30,000 votes towards their candidate. The new Carnaval '99 queen received a roundtrip ticket to Corozal courtesy of Tropic Air, dinner for two at two of San Pedro's well known restaurants and a Victoria Secret Gift Package. The other candidates also received a gift package and dinner for two at a well known San Pedro Restaurant. All the proceeds from the bazaar benefited the Ambergris Museum.



First place Comparsa winners, Lions Club
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The first day of Carnaval saw many children running around town with confetti filled eggs and/or raw eggs they would burst on their friend's head. Other groups carried containers of water paint in different colors identifying their group. Carnaval '99 reunited many Lion members for a special comparsa. Some of these participants danced in comparsas 30 years ago. The Lion's comparsa was very successful. The first one depicting the popular television soap opera "La Usurpadora". The official Carnaval parade was lead by Area Representative, Hon. Patty Arceo, Mayor Alberto Nuñez and Deputy Mayor, Eiden Salazar Jr. Newly crowned Miss Carnaval 1999 and her maiden also took part on the parade. The San Pedro Dance Company made a special appearance "Broadway style" during the parade. Glitter and gold, fluorescent plumage and tropical headpieces complemented the dancer's participation. Cultural participants were the Garifuna Dancers of San Pedro' s Garifuna Council depicting the John Canoe Dance. The parade culminated at Central Park where the Carnaval show commenced. The San Pedro Dance Company took the stage presenting delightful renditions of their well practiced moves under the choreography of dance teacher Rosita Balthazar.

Second place Comparsa winners Los Barbie's
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On Monday, children went back to school (half day only) and some schools had straight classes to allow the students to participate in Carnaval during the afternoon. The San Pedro Lion's Club comparsa once again took the streets of San Pedro, this time depicting "Los Gringos" (tourists). Lydia's Institute of Fine Education Infant II class also delighted the public with their comparsa.

Sadly, every good thing or time must come to an end and Carnaval was no exception. But to top everything the San Pedro Lions Club left the best for last. "Los Negritos" was their theme and shades of ebony accentuated the beauty of this race being depicted. The San Pedro Lions gave a good show and were rewarded by winning first prize for the best comparsa of Carnaval '99. Taking second place in the senior division was Las Barbies. Lydia's Institute took top honors in the junior division.







Danielito Rivero Crowned Miss Carnaval - Lions Club voted best Comparsa


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