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The 27th anniversary of San Pedro’s declaration of township was celebrated this past Sunday, November 27, 2011, Township Day. To commemorate the day the San Pedro Town Council put together some activities to celebrate.

First on the itinerary was the inauguration of Lagoon Drive; the paving of the stretch of road from the San Juan Roundabout to the bridge at Boca del Rio was just completed a few days ago. The Town Council wanted to boast new and better conditions on the road that connects San Pedro Town to North Ambergris Caye, through the bridge. Residents and tourists can now enjoy the improved condition of the street.

The inauguration ceremony was short and sweet with the cutting of the ribbon at the end to commemorate the event. On hand with Mayor Elsa Paz were Hon. Manuel Heredia Jr., Minister of Tourism, Culture and Civil Aviation and Madame Dixie Bowen. Mrs. Dixie had the pleasure of being the invited guest speaker as the Town Council also made the announcement of the renaming of the Boca del Rio Bridge as the Sir Barry Bowen Bridge.

Following the ribbon cutting was the blessing of the street by Father Arturo Añonuevo and a parade from the Boca del Rio to Central Park. The parade consisted mostly of school children and the marching bands from San Pedro Roman Catholic School, Isla Bonita Elementary School and San Pedro High School. Other participating schools included St. Elementary School, New Horizon’s Academy and Holy Cross Anglican School.

The parade ended in town at Central Park were the was a short ceremony to kick of the celebration with dance and music by the San Pedro Dance Company, Youth Connection Band and guest entertainer Supa G. The evening was also highlighted with a great fireworks display. Happy Township Day to all of San Pedro.

 Inauguration of Lagoon Drive paved streetBridge at Boca del Rio renamed Sir Barry Bowen BridgeMayor Elsa Paz talks about all the hard work of the Town Council, Medina's Construction and Sir Barry BowenInauguration of Lagoon Drive paved streetMrs. Dixie Bowen remembers and honors her late husband Sir Barry BowenLady Dixie, Mayor Elsa Paz and Hon. Manuel Heredia do the honors of the ribbon cuttingInauguration of Lagoon Drive paved streetSchool children participate in Township Day ParadeFather Arturo Añonuevo blesses the streetThe San Pedro Roman Catholic School Marching band and Dance SquadThe San Pedro Roman Catholic School Marching band and Dance SquadSt. Peter's Elementary participates in the Township ParadeSt. Peter's Elementary participates in the Township ParadeSt. Peter's Elementary participates in the Township ParadeIsla Bonita Elementary School Marching Band at Township ParadeIsla Bonita Elementary School Marching Band at Township ParadeSan Pedro High School Marching Band at Township ParadeHoly Cross Anglican School Float in ParadeHoly Cross Anglican School Float in ParadeSan Pedro Dance Company performs at Central Park

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