San Pedranos celebrated the 220 th anniversary of the Battle of Saint George’s Caye on Monday,
September 10 th with the official coronation of the recently elected Miss San Pedro Chelsea Muñoz and a
uniform parade. Despite inclement weather threatening to dampen the celebration, islanders proceeded with the program of events, starting at 10AM with an official ceremony at the Central Park.
Following the coronation, Mayor Daniel Guerrero delivered a few remarks reminding residents of the importance of the holiday. He cited this year’s national celebration theme ‘Belize Da Fi Wi-Now and Forever, 8867,’ and mentioned that thanks to the Battle of St. George’s Caye, which took place on the 10 th of September 1798, Belizeans today have a country. Guerrero invited everyone to continue the legacy of our Forefathers, the Baymen, who over 200 years ago fought for the freedom of what is now Belize, from the invaders of the Spanish empire.
Deputy Mayor Ruben Gonzalez thanked all the schools and citizens who convened at the Central Park to
participate in the annual celebration. He emphasized the importance of continuing to teach the children
the importance of the civic pride. Gonzalez ended by wishing everyone a happy 10 th of September that
honors the foundation of Belize.
After the ceremony, Muñoz along with the contestants of the 2018 Miss San Pedro pageant joined the uniform parade through the streets of downtown San Pedro.
Hundreds of islanders cheered and followed the parade, which ended at the Central Park. There, the festivities ended with a beach party.
Islanders and Belizeans across the country are now looking forward to the next big celebration scheduled for Friday, September 21 st , as the country celebrates its 37th anniversary of Independence.
Long Live Belize, Hip Hip Hurray!