Children’s Rally brings colorful and patriotic parade to San Pedro Town
Friday, September 16th, 2022
For the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic, students in San Pedro Town, Ambergris Caye, their teachers, and other island community members celebrated a traditional Children’s Rally. The event, held countrywide, saw hundreds of students marching through the central streets of San Pedro, dressed in patriotic colors and proudly waving Belizean flags. The parade this year also included the participation of the San Pedro Police Youth Cadet Corp.
The rally took place on Friday, September 16th, and is part of the patriotic September Celebrations. Starting at 9AM, students assembled to begin the parade on Barrier Reef Drive. The preschoolers were in front of the parade, followed by the police youth cadets, primary schoolers, and high schoolers. The San Pedro High School band again put rhythm to the marching as they all moved northward onto Pescador Drive and into the Boca del Rio area. When the students arrived at the high school, they returned to Pescador Drive ending the parade by Central Park.
Many parents accompanied their children and cheered while providing them with water as it was a sunny hot morning. The rally took over the island’s main streets for a couple of hours; however, motorists understood the occasion and even commended the activity. A passerby shared with The Sun that teaching children to love and respect the country from a young age is important. Another islander added that the students are the nation’s future and must be taught the importance of the country’s traditions and be proud Belizeans.
The San Pedro Children’s Rally and parade were celebrated this year under the national September Celebration theme, ‘Valiant and Bold, Proud and Strong Belize Rebounds @ 41!’. The theme reflects the sacrifices the Belizean people went through during the health crisis of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020. Two years after, the country rebounded, and the economy continued thriving for the better.
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