San Pedro Soca Festival, Carnival Road March, and Noche Centro Americana: September on Ambergris Caye

by Carolee Chanona

Packed to the brim with activities, September in Belize is always a great idea — and the San Pedro Town Council is excitingly adding four more. This year, the Independence month celebrations kick off on September 16 with Noche Centro Americana followed by the San Pedro Soca Festival, headlined by soca star Destra. On September 20, pre-independence celebrations on September 20 herald Independence Day on September 21. In 2022, Belize celebrates its 41st anniversary of Independence on September 21; the island of Ambergris Caye will not only take to its formal Government-led event, but later that day, masqueraders will take to its cobblestone streets for the island’s first Carnival Road March!

Noche Centro Americana – September 16

Recognizing our Central American neighbors’ contribution to the island community, Noche Centro Americana celebrates the independence of six countries in the region: El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Costa Rica, and Mexico. Past years have included a colorful parade through the streets of San Pedro Town and other cultural activities, including performances.

San Pedro Soca Festival – September 17

Mayor Wally Nunez and the San Pedro Town Council are proud to present a new San Pedro Soca Festival in partnership with Hon. Andre Perez, the BRS Area Rep. The festival will include a Soca Fest on September 17 at the Saca Chispas Field with headliner International Soca Artist, the Queen of Bacchanal, Destra with her band. The entrance fee is $50, with (online) pre-sales now live.

Carnival Road March – Independence Day

With the end of slavery in 1834, the now free people of Trinidad & Tobago could outwardly celebrate their native culture and their emancipation through dress, music, and dancing — the birth of carnival in the Caribbean. While all Caribbean carnivals today celebrate with costumes and dancing, you can experience a different flavor of Carnival depending on where you visit. And with 2022 marking the first year for Ambergris Caye’s Carnival Road March — differing from their El Gran Carnaval de San Pedro held in the first quarter of the year — this is one you don’t want to miss!

Header image: Destra performs during Carnival in 2018 in Port of Spain, Trinidad. Image via Sean Drakes/Getty Images and Angela/Hsieh/NPR

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