With St. Peter and our traditions we await the new Millennium (con el Señor San Pedro y nuestras tradiciones esperamos el nuevo Milenio). As La Isla Bonita moves into the year 2000, San Pedro happily awaits its birthday this year. San Pedro looks back with pride at its history and looks forward to a bright future. The hard working people of a once quaint fishing village are proud of their roots and their island.
In 1848, the largest group of documented immigrants from Yucatan, Mexico came to Ambergris Caye. The village known as San Pedro was supervised by an Alcalde, referred to by the British as Constable. Eventually the Village Council was devised and a chairman, vice chairman, secretary and treasurer were appointed to oversee the village.
In June 1984, San Pedro was declared a Town and a Town Board was developed. The Town Board consists of a Mayor, Deputy Mayor and five councilors. Election of the representatives is held every three years and the people of the town vote to elect who they want to govern the island of Ambergris Caye.
Ambergris Caye is Belize's largest island and is one of the more than 200 islands scattered throughout Belizean waters. The island is made up of three main geographic features: lagoons, sand and mangrove swamps. The front of the island mainly consists of sand and mangrove swamps; the leeward side of the island is made up of more swamps and lagoons; rich black dirt is also found in back of the island. The largest lagoon on the island is called Laguna de San Pedro and is situated directly behind the town of San Pedro. San Pedro Town is the most populated area of Ambergris Caye. There are several other small settlements on the island such as San Pablo, San Marcos, San Pedrito, San Juan, Tres Cocos and Basil Jones. San Pedro is the only town on the island.
Last year San Pedro Town celebrated its 150th birthday paying tribute to our ancestors with the theme "Del sudor del Mestizo se creo este Paraiso" (from the sweat of the Mestizo, this paradise was created). This weekend San Pedro celebrates its 151st birthday. The San Pedro Town Board has once again put together a series of activities to celebrate this grand occasion. Celebrations will commence Friday, June 25th with the official opening ceremonies followed by dance presentations from Barbara's School of Dance, firework displays and live music. On Saturday, the fun continues with a tribute to our culture, fireworks, and entertainment by the San Pedro Dance Company and Unity Band. Sporting activities for the whole family will take place on Sunday afternoon. Alma Beliceña (marimba band) will be at the Boatyard from 9:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. Throughout the weekend food booths, mechanical games and full bar services will be available at the football field. On Monday, June 28th a special reminiscence evening for the senior citizens will take place at 7:00 p.m. at the Town Hall. To culminate the celebrations, on Tuesday, June 29th a morning mass (5:00 a.m.) will be offered for the men, followed by breakfast at the Lions Den, and ending with the boat procession to conclude at the Lagoon side of the island. Everyone is invited to celebrate and participate in the activities that have been planned for Dia de San Pedro.
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