Wednesday, September 21, 2016

9-21-2016 Belize Independence Day

This year marks 35 years of independence for Belize!  Woohoo!!!

A little history, in case you didn't know (according to Wikipedia): Full internal self-government under a ministerial system was granted in January 1964. The official name of the territory was changed from British Honduras to Belize in June 1973, and full independence was granted on September 21, 1981.

Hopkins had a small but nice parade to celebrate Independence Day. A truck pulling a trailer with a big sound system playing
music started the parade at the main junction in the village.

There were girls doing choreographed dances behind the truck.

The outfits here weren't as skimpy as other places that celebrate Carnival.

Behind the dancers were the Hopkins Youth Cadet Corps (which we didn't even know existed).

Spectators joined and followed behind the dancers and kids.

The parade went to the south end of the village.

Then the parade turned around and went back to the main junction, where there was a street
party until sundown. There was supposed to be a flag raising and fireworks at night, but for some
unknown reason that did not happen.

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