On September 14th San Pedro's cultures united as the Mexican and Central American communities celebrated their independence. One of San Pedro Town's huge attractions is the vibrant mix of cultures all living together in this paradise. For one night, locals came together with food and music to share celebrations with one another in a special event.
With help and collaboration from San Pedro Town Council (SPTC), both the Central American and Mexican communities came together to share food, laughter and music and show what living in San Pedro is all about. The event was part of the island's larger September celebrations that are hosting numerous activities throughout this month. On Saturday evening, September 14th, San Pedro Central Park welcomed tents and gazebos filled with cuisine for eager foodies to enjoy.
The reason for the revelry was that the celebration coincided with the anniversary of independence for Honduras, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, El Salvador and Guatemala. On September 15th, it was 192 years since these Central American nations gained political freedom from Spanish rule. Meanwhile, Mexicans also celebrated their own independence, with it being 203 years, on September 16th, since they gained their own freedom. Whilst Belize is the only English speaking nation, and the youngest country in the region, the other Spanish speaking countries meant that their nationals celebrated with brightly colored cultural clothes, foods and language, bringing a dazzling array of vibrancy to Central Park.
Each country at the event showcased traditional foods in their own booth, allowing visitors to move from one station to the next and sample the cuisine on offer. Mexican locals served up delicious dishes of Tacos de Res and Tacos al Pastor for all those living in San Pedro Town to enjoy. Meanwhile, a local duo of musicians played Central American and Mexican music, wowing the crowds with meringues and salsas, inviting people to get up from their seats and join in and dance.
One of the attractive things about San Pedro is the mix of cultures that infuse the island and provide a huge variety of flavors for those living and visiting the area. The cultural night celebrating independence was a great success and showed how this vibrant community came together to create an event worth attending.