On September 10, 2018, on the occasion of The Battle of St. George’s Caye Daye, the main pier at Placencia was where the new Placencia Queen of the Bay was formally crowned. Alyssa Faux had already been previously chosen as the 2018-2019 Placencia Queen of the Bay, but her formal coronation marked the beginning of the peninsula’s annual parade and holiday celebrations.
Faux was crowned at 10:00 AM as large crowds of locals and visitors alike gathered to enjoy refreshments and get psyched up for the holiday celebrations. Following her coronation, Faux lead a roundtrip parade to Atlantic Bank before returning to Placencia for a high-energy “jump up” party. Attendees thronged the streets, waving Belizean flags. And there were many in the crowd with painted faces as well as bicycles and golf carts all proudly decorated with the red, white, and blue national colors.
“We congratulate Alyssa Faux and wish her all the best as she represents Placencia this year,” said Larry France, marketing manager of Chabil Mar. “Her coronation was an excellent start for a fun-filled day of celebrations on The Battle of St. George’s Caye Day that we shared with our friends, families, and guests.”
On September 10, 1798, a small English naval force defeated the Spanish navy in the waters just off St. George’s Caye Day just a few miles from Belize City, a pivotal moment in history that led Belize to become a British colony and the reason why it is the only English-speaking country in Central America.
In modern times, the Battle of St. George’s Caye Day kicks off a series of patriotic celebrations in every town and village across Belize that culminate on September 21, Independence Day, which marks the occasion in 1981 when Belize gained full sovereignty from Great Britain. The Placencia Peninsula will be holding several events in September, including a two-day fishing tournament on September 21-22.
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