Monday, June 30, 2008

Dia de San Pedro - Boat Procession

Dia de San Pedro is a grand tradition that honors our Patron Saint, St. Peter who was a fisherman. Every year, at the crack of dawn, boats line up and a procession ensues through the waters of San Pedro. Starting from the Caribbean Sea, the boats all make their way to the lagoon where the father blesses the boats and the fishermen.

Transporting St. Peter to the boat.

St. Peter

The boats lined up and the procession began.

One by one they went and through the course of the procession more joined the religious tradition.

Listen to the hymns being sang as the father blesses all the boats present.

Caye Caulker Lobsterfest

Celebrating the Caye Caulker 14th annual Lobsterfest were a lot of San Pedranos and Belizeans countrywide that arrived via boat (jam packed), or airplane.

All in the name of the succulent Lobster tail.
Every which way prepared - loster was the order of the day - yum!!!
With many things to do, some preferred to just "hang out."
Also on hand providing some fun were Coral Ed-Ventures who are currently holding camp in San Pedro Town. Conservation and Reef Education is the message they try to impart.
Super Furia was on hand all day beating out the great tunes and danceable music. Resonating through the village they kept the party mood going.
Newly crowned Miss Lobsterfest Marceli Magana.

Lobster anyone?
Others enjoyed a dip in the Caribbean Sea or the cool breezes that sway through our country of Belize.

2 X 2 volleyball games had everyone watching the good plays.

Dia de San Pedro - Saturday

Dia de San Pedro proved to be loads of fun for all - from young to young at heart, there was something good for all to enjoy.

The imports from Mexico - Danza Mexicana Necte-Ha were a hit with their traditional costumes and fantastic moves.
Other entertainment was provided by Mexican singer Luis Felipe Perez

Getting a drink was a task on it own. Bartenders could not pour drinks fast enough.
Everyone was there and all had a fabulous time.
The Ferris Wheel, year after year it makes for screams and laughter which resonate through the night.
The fireworks display.
Island Explosion was also on hand to rock into the wee hours of the morning.
Children of all ages enjoyed the rides including "The Worm."
Part of the night's festivities included a speacial presentation by Miss San Pedro Angela Alamilla and the San Pedro Dance Company.
San Pedro Dance Company (Beginners Group 1) showed their talent and wowed the crowd who could not stop snapping photographs.
Duck hunting, anyone?

Enjoy the ride ... see how many people were there ... here is a taste of Dia de San Pedro.

Dia de San Pedro - Nicte Ha Dancers

The Grupo Folklorico de Danza, Nicte-Ha, of Chetumal, Quintana Roo, Mexico, were on stage to perform for the gathered crowd. Each of their dances depicted a different region of Mexico, and carried a theme that resonated. This cultural exchange is part of the sister-city relationship that has developed between San Pedro Town, A.C. and Chetumal, Q. Roo. Culture, business, sport and more is interchanged and shared between these two towns during many occasions, and for festivities such as these, that relationship is that much more prominent. Below, enjoy some of that wonderful cultural exchange!