Already one of Ambergris Caye’s more anticipated annual events, the International Costa Maya Festival promises to go bigger than ever this summer in Belize. Set for August 2nd through to August 5th, this multicultural event highlights beauty, diverse backgrounds, culture, music, and food in a whole-some three-day celebration. So, if you are planning a visit to Belize in August, plan accordingly and catch this much anticipated event. Here are a few quick facts to brush up on your Costa Maya history;
- The Costa Maya International Festival actually had its origin as The San Pedro International Sea and Air Festival. This year will be the 27th edition since its inception in 1991
- The festival was the brainchild of a few San Pedranos along with members of the San Pedro Chamber of Commerce, particularly Bruce and Victoria Collins.
- All eight Mundo Maya countries including; Belize, Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Panama participate.
- Beauty Delegates from Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua and Panama will all be vying for the coveted title of Miss Costa Maya International on Friday, August 3rd.
- The current title holder for the crown is Belize’s very own Michelle Estrella Nuñez
- Master of ceremonies for the 3 Night event will be Daedra Haylock and Eiden Salazar Jr.
- This year’s festival will see a diverse line up of music and cultural groups and individuals including: Grupo Crash from El Salvador, Belize’s very own Chico Ramos, Sweet Pain band, Ballet Folklorico De Quintana Roo, Charikanari Dance Group of San Pedro, Belize and Grupo Crash from El Salvador, Youth Connection Band, Garifuna Collective, Tagg International and Ernestine Carballo.
- Saturday’s International music headliner will be reggaeton sensation and female rapper Ivy Queen.
Throughout the festival, local and regional musical groups will represent their cultural heritage with performances featuring Punta, Reggae, Soca, Salsa, Cumbia, Merengue and traditional Maya sounds. This year’s festival will be held inside the Hon. Louis Sylvester Sporting Complex, formerly ‘the Sacachispas football field’ on Ambergris Caye.
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