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Belize celebrates Battle of St. George’s Caye virtually as COVID-19 pandemic reshapes September traditions

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Posted: Friday, September 11, 2020. 5:09 am CST.

By Aaron Humes: Belizeans will continue a double-century old tradition today with the 221st observance of the anniversary of the Battle of St. George’s Caye, the catalyst for the establishment of a modern independent nation.

But this year’s ceremonies are like no other for all the wrong reasons.

The ravages of COVID-19 have eliminated mass gatherings and parties, forcing celebrations indoors and online.

For the first time in years, there was no Fire Engine Parade through the principal streets of Belize City. It was replaced by a online “Ninth Night Bram” featuring top Belizean artists. 

The Old Capital will host official ceremonies starting at 10:30 a.m virtually. The official speakers will be Mayor Bernard Wagner and Minister of Culture Patrick Faber, who co-chairs the September Celebrations Commission.

The traditional Citizens’ Parade is also scrapped for the first time in living memory. The City Council will host a virtual 10th Bram online later today.

We will have continuing coverage later.

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