San Pedro Town celebrates the 221st Anniversary of the Battle of St. George’s Caye with a new queen and colorful parade
Wednesday, September 11th, 2019
On Tuesday, September 10th, the 221st Anniversary of the Battle of the St. George’s Caye was observed on La Isla Bonita with a uniform parade and the presentation of the recently elected Miss San Pedro Litzy Castillo Guillen.
Signalling the Battle of St. George’s Caye celebration, a fire engine parade took place through San Pedro Town shortly after 6PM on Monday, September 9th. The island’s Fire Department, Traffic Department, and Police Formation led the parade, blaring sirens as a tribute to the Baymen of St. George’s Caye, who led the foundation of the country on September 10, 1798.
Early the following day, students and invited guests attended a short ceremony inside the Honourable Louis Sylvestre Sporting Complex. Mayor Daniel Guerrero wished everyone a Happy 10th of September and emphasized the importance of civic pride and to remember the Baymen, who fought for Belize over 200 years ago. After the formalities, outgoing Miss San Pedro Chelsea Muñoz crowned the newly elected queen, Litzy Castillo Guillen. Afterward, Guillen along with her court (the contestants of the recent Miss San Pedro Pageant) joined the uniform parade.
Everyone proudly waved their Belizean flags marching to the beat of some of the marching bands.
Next to the football pitch, a horseshoe challenge took place between several duos. There was plenty of food, drinks, and music, and even the island’s number one band, Rompe Raja serenaded the festivities. At the end of the day, the two top teams in beach football were recognized.
Islanders and Belizeans across the country are now gearing up for the next big celebration scheduled for Saturday, September 21st, as the country celebrates its 38th anniversary of independence.
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