We all know that we can never celebrate our country too much. And here in San Pedro we prove that time and time again. So would we let a little bad weather completely stop us from celebrating our Independence Day? NO WAY!Independence Jump Up Parade San Pedro Town-46
After giving La Isla Bonita’s biggest parade a rain check last week, everyone came out in full force to celebrate on Sunday, September 27th. After all it is always better late than never! And let me tell you, islanders pulled out all their glitter and sequins for this one day.Independence Jump Up Parade San Pedro Town-80
With soca music blaring from behind golf carts, pick-ups, trailers and even a couple of big trucks, revelers followed in tune, winding and grinding to the contagious beats. Of course, everyone was decked out in either patriotic outfits or colorful elaborate costumes. I’m telling you, the Independence Day vibes just cyant done!Independence Jump Up Parade San Pedro Town-4
And it wouldn’t be a parade without a couple of our officers in attendance: from our trusty San Pedro Traffic Department and Fire Department leading the way, to our police officers carrying a ginormous Belize Flag. Independence Jump Up Parade San Pedro Town-45Let’s not forget our Mayor Daniel Guerrero, town councilors and Area Representative Manuel Heredia Jr., who made the children’s day by handing out lots of candy throughout the parade route. Independence Jump Up Parade San Pedro Town-71I even got a lollipop for myself  Everyone had a blast… even a horse came out to play for the parade!Independence Jump Up Parade San Pedro Town-87
Topping of the day’s celebration was and off-the-chain color after party. With Gillhary 7 Band and DJ Debbie keeping the crowd dancing at Central Park, the party went on until late in the night. But it isn’t a color party without powder paint, and there was lots of that.Independence Jump Up Parade San Pedro Town-13
And then… surprise, surprise! Our Mayor and Area Representative decided to give us all a treat by flying over in a chopper and dropping out candies!Independence Jump Up Parade San Pedro Town-14
With all that fun, I can barely contain my anxiety knowing that I have to wait a whole year for it to come by again! Oh well, such is life , I’m sure I’ll find a party soon enough…

Check out this video clip of the parade and after party:

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About the Author: Janelle Cowo

The youngest member of the My Beautiful Belize family, Janelle loves traveling and experiencing new cultures both within and across the border of Belize. She particularly enjoys history and is an avid Science Fiction, Fantasy and Romance reader. What she lacks in stature, Janelle has (and even surpasses) in spirit for adventure. She is willing to try pretty much anything, from daring jumps to new eats. Janelle lives her life according to Mae West quote “You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.”


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