St. George's Caye Day

Even though the official independence of Belize in 1981 was not marked by a battle, Belizeans had been required to fight off the Spaniards some 183 years previously in what is now a national holiday and celebrated as the victory of the Battle of St. George's Caye. In 2014 Corozal celebrates this day with a ceremony, a parade, and all-day festivities that actually begin with sirens the night before. In 2014, the rain threatened, but did not stop the activities. On hand and participating were His Worship The Mayor of Corozal, Hilberto Campos, The Honorable Pablo Marin, Area Representative and Minister of Health, Councillor Elva Perez, and Deputy Mayor Raphael Castillo. Rene Mendez served as Master of Ceremonies. The outgoing Queen of the Bay, Marilyn Galvez, handed over her crown, her cape and her septer to the new Queen, Jennifer Williams.

After the ceremony the parade took place. There were four groups from Chetumal represented, as well as several primary schools, scout groups, and the Youth Cadet Corps of the BDF. Of course the area representatives, members of the Corozal Town Council, Corozal Mayor, and others led the parade.

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