The day’s festivities began as early as 5:00 a.m. with the fifth installment of Jouvert.
A estimated 3000 participants convened at the BelCan Bridge for this year’s Jouvert. The enormous crowd covered themselves in mud and chocolate and danced through the streets in the pre-carnival warm up.
The carnival Road March began on Central American Boulevard at 1:00 p.m., as an array of colored costumes paraded through the streets. The assortment of colors and themes took its traditional route up Central American Boulevard, on to Princess Margaret Drive, and ended this year at the BTL park as the Marion Jones Sporting Complex is still under renovation.
The Mahogany Masqueraders won the $7,000 first prize in this year’s carnival costume senior competition, with a judges’ score of 439.5 points. Mother Nature’s Creation won the $4,000 second prize with a score of 431 points. Belizean Jewels won the $3,000 third prize with a score 430.5 points.
According to the National Institute of Culture and History, there were no winners, per say, in the junior bands competitions.
N.I.C.H. explained that the official Carnival rules state that if there are less than four competing bands in the competition then only an appearance fee would be given to the bands. While there were five competing bands, only three of them met the criteria of having a minimum of 35 participants.