It’s Carnaval time in San Pedro, Belize

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Carnaval 2015 begins in San Pedro Town, Ambergris Caye, Belize. Paint wars by kids and tomorrow and Tuesday, the adults, is a big part of it all.
Carnaval 2015 begins in San Pedro Town, Ambergris Caye, Belize. Paint wars by kids and tomorrow and Tuesday, the adults, is a big part of it all.

 

Carnaval 2015 begins in San Pedro Town, Ambergris Caye, Belize. On Sunday, Front Street, the beach  and Central Park were given over to paint wars by kids. They descended on the park with bottles filled with washable paints (hopefully) and even some raw eggs.

Often banding together in teams, they waged battles on other groups, gleefully smearing each other from head to toe. They get to do it again after school tomorrow and Tuesday, starting at 3 p.m. The adults get to join in too.

Here is my post from last year, “Hit me with your best shot,”  on the kids “painting” in the park.

And this one on Carnaval’s “big finale.”

A big part of the celebration is Carnaval Comparsa, the marching of adult groups in themed costumes. They can be political, social, cultural — and as often as not, that very attractive woman marching by you is a guy. Some, like Felix, head of the local HIV Commission (in a photo in this blog) do an amazing transformation. The groups march and dance every night and compete for prizes.

Monday and Tuesday there will be music and dancing and celebrations in Central Park, well into the evening. It all ends on Wednesday night with the ceremonial burning of Don Juan Carnaval in Central Park.

We all celebrate because the following day begins Lent and for many San Pedro becomes a quieter, more sobering place.

Besides it helps take our minds off the fact that lobster season ended on Saturday.

So without further ado, here is a selection of photos from Sunday’s kids only painting. You have to agree, these young artistes are works of art.

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Carnaval children's painting on Sunday!
Carnaval children’s painting on Sunday!

 

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Casualties of war, our dear friends Mike and Ann Kuffner got brushed by some paint  encrusted kids while out shooting photos on Sunday. Clearly they survived in good spirits!
Casualties of war, our dear friends Mike and Ann Kuffner got brushed by some paint encrusted kids while out shooting photos on Sunday. Clearly they survived in good spirits!


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HIV Commission's Comparsas group prepares to march on Sunday, under the theme "Hippies come to San Pedro." Felix, head of the commission (above) said they will have a different theme every night!
HIV Commission’s Comparsas group prepares to march on Sunday, under the theme “Hippies come to San Pedro.” Felix, head of the commission (above) said they will have a different theme every night!






 

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4 thoughts on “It’s Carnaval time in San Pedro, Belize

    Jennifer Bryan said:
    February 21, 2015 at 7:18 am

    Great pics! That looks so fun!!! I’m so excited to come there! I just booked my trip yesterday for April 4! I’ve been reading your blog for about a year and hope to run into you and Rose while I’m there! Keep up the great stories and pics!
    Jenny

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    robertjhawkins1 responded:
    February 21, 2015 at 8:13 am

    That’s great, Jenny. You picked a great time of year to be here. Rose and I will definitely be on the island, looking forward to meeting you! Thanks for reading!

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