This year marks the 33rd Anniversary Of Belize’s Independence and we run our annual special: The complete September Celebration Calendar of Events. We list some of the main events below in text form, and you can also download the entire calendar covering all six districts of Belize. The complete calendar can be viewed of downloaded here. It weighs in at a little over 11 Megabytes due to the usual padding from politicians trying to get their message in, but it is still worth the while to download as it includes some images of past celebrations.
September 4th, 5th and 6th features one of the biggest events in Belize City, a three night bacchanal of cheap alcohol and free music. The local beer monopoly sponsors the annual Belikin Bash with various musicals groups and cheap beer and other alcoholic drinks at the Memorial Park. These are night events open to everyone in a high-crime city, so visitors are advised to exercise extreme caution.
September 6th features the Belize Chamber of Commerce and Industry expo at the ITVET compound (former Belize Technical College) on Freetown Road. Lots of commercial booths displaying and selling local and imported products at discount prices. Anything from cheap Chinese cell phones, sanitary tissue, beer, canned goods, clothes, shoes, flat screen TVs, alcohol and beer. The Expo runs into September 7th and is a daytime event and relatively safe for visitors.
September 10th features the parade and jump up road march that under the current UDP government, is given priority as the merriest parade of the September Celebrations. Despite all the government backing for the 10th, this year saw the smallest ever parade in San Ignacio / Santa Elena in Belize’s Cayo District. The parade took no more than 5 minutes to pass our observation point. There were two floats with queens, a couple from government para-statal organs, a few horses and about 500 marchers. There was no live musical band, save for a school marching band. Either economic hard times or loss of citizens interest may have contributed to the poor showing for the 10th.
September 13th this year is the date of the Belize City Carnival Road March, second only in color, gala and number to the rival Citizens and Carnival Parade held in Latino country, Orange Walk Town on Independence Day proper 21st September.
View the complete September Celebrations 2014 Calender Of Events.