San Pedro finally pulled off its annual Independence Day Jump-Up Parade on Sunday. Some badly timed — but badly needed — rain pushed back the parade but all that pent up energy came out in a glorious explosion of music, color and bodily motion and marchers danced and preened their way from Boca del Rio to Central Park under a gloriously blue Belize sky.
It was hot, hot hot.
Parades just bring out the best in Ambergris Caye — the most adorable children, the most loving parents and families, the most beautiful dancers (male and female) and the most uninhabited enthusiasm of those who watch and cheer.
I’d say we should have a parade every month but I think we might already be close to that, on average.
This parade forms along the sandy waterfront stretch of Boca del Rio before looping through town. As we did last year, the Tres Cocos Gang met up at Wayo’s bar to watch the parade pull together like a long colorfully beaded necklace with the Caribbean blue backdrop.
As the last unit passed we quickly made our way down to the Holiday Hotel where we could enjoy an hour’s respite with cold drinks and a cool breeze as marchers gamely made their way through town, down Middle Street. As they made their turn onto Front Street, it was an easy skip for us to the second-floor balcony of the holiday for an aerial view of festivities.
In Part 2 I’ll add photos from the happy conclusion in Central Park where the always incredible Gilharry 7, “Belize Number 1 band!” pumped up some major jams. That conclusion also included flying colored chalk, the mayor dropping candy from a helicopter and mad dancing under an incredibly hot sun.
OK, enough with the chatter.
Lets let the pictures tell the story. We’ll start in Boca del Rio and work our way down Front Street in Part 1.
And finally the parade moves downtown, to Front Street:
That’s just about the end of the parade. Next up is the craziness that is Central Park with the