San Pedro Town is quite well-known for its events, and Ambergris Caye has a full calendar of parties and entertainment all year round. Â On February 22nd yet another celebration entered the schedule as residents of the island sought to revive the traditional masquerade ball, an event that last occurred back in 1942.
Despite a 72-year gap, it seems as if everyone was ready to get into the party spirit, with a lot of participants joining in the fun at the latest event. Â Celebrations for 2014Âs Carnaval are soon to arrive, and this year the theme of ÂAlegria y Color Â La Mascara de la TradicionÂ officially kicked things off. Â The event was held at the Caprice Bar and Grill, which, working in conjunction with the San Pedro House of Culture, the San Pedro Cultural Committee and the San Pedro Town Council, worked hard to ensure that one of the islandÂs traditional festivals was brought back to life with resounding success.
Deputy Mayor of San Pedro, Mito Paz, said he was thrilled to see guests decked out in attractive masks, and colorful outfits. Â ÂWe want to make it an annual event to kick off carnaval, and we hope that it only gets bigger and better,Â he said. Â Elsewhere, one of the hosts of the night, Lisa McCorkle Guerrero, said: ÂWe are happy to be hosting this event and we hope it will not take another 72 years for it to happenÂ we are glad to be able to partner with the organizers to revive our islandÂs tradition.Â
Carnaval activities will now continue through until March 1st, when the entertainment comes to a peak in Central Park. Â Meanwhile, it is hoped that the Masquerade Ball will become a highlight in San Pedro TownÂs busy calendar.