Belize’s 30th Birthday on the Caye – Independence Day Celebrations!

On September 22, 2011 in Caye Caulker

It was a special year this year, Belize’s 30th Birthday – Celebrating 30 years of independence!! And, as one would expect our little Caye ensured that we marked this year with the appropriate amount of festivities.

The eve of Independence, Tuesday 20th September at midnight, we see in Independence with a brilliant firework display. For those who have not seen one of the Villages firework displays, let me tell you it is as good as anyone would expect to see in any big city around the world. The display lasted about 25 minutes and villagers and tourists’ heads alike were tilted back and up towards the sky for the stunning show.

The day itself always fills me with immense pride … there is nothing more wonderful than seeing your community (your family) coming out, dressed in red, white and blue ready to parade their joy of independence in the street – The Parade.

It all began with the drummers … who knew that the clerk at the Atlantic Bank (David Lawrence) and Polo (the Cable guy at Rainbow) could play the drums so well!??!! The parade contained the usual suspects from … Miss Louise Aguilar and her now famous dance posse lit up the day with their energetic and occasionally more ‘adult’ dance moves (Antoinette and Lillian) while our neighbor Miss Chila was executing the more classic carnival moves!!!

Ms Chila

Not forgetting the smallest of the groups, Tanisha Myvett Junior Carnival team (the eventual winner of the Caye Caulker Carnival Group) … who, when the parade had finished it’s mile long trail around the island, continued on dancing with the energy that only youngsters could muster. The group has been together for some years now and Tanisha patiently schooled the children for the event and puts together their costumes too! The group runs from 5 – 12 years of age and contains some of the more energetic of the island’s youth – including Tanisha’s son Jamar and of course Raggamuffin’s son .. Malik!

Malik, Tanisha and Jamar

And finally Caye Caulker’s finest women football team – Island Stars – came out to ‘swing their engine’ and shout about their amazing record in Belize – congratulations ladies!

Island Stars

The parade finished back at the Central Park where various of the bars and restaurants had gathered to serve their signature drinks like Lazy Lizard’s Lizard Juice and the Rainbow’s Coladas – not to mention that the school were selling some hearty chicken rice and beans!

The heat played the final role of the day … searing humidity and very little wind ensured that even the strongest of party goers, after the excitement of the night before and the parade, soon went home to find shade and an afternoon nap!

For more photos of the parade, please go to The Island Link Internet Cafe and Ice Cream Parlor’s Facebook Page. Tomorrow we will post the video of the Parade!

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