|Pictured on the right are some members of the 1996 Sea & Air Festival Committee: Front row, left to right; Nigel Belisle, Einer Gomez and Mandy Castillo. Second row: Mary Beissner, Victoria Collins, Donna Koehnen, Marissa Salazar and Chariman Felix Ayuso. Back row: Nando Trejo, George Siegrist, Wil Alamilla, Jr. and Gach Guerrero.|
The festival, which runs from August 13th through the 18th, has been more successful in an early line up of entertainment this year. Here is the line up:
Tuesday, August 13th:
Mexico: Paloma Martin and Los Galleros de Quintana Roo; "Baile Musical Tropica", a 10+ member dance band and a cultural presentation from the State of Tabasco; La Reina de la Costa Maya Internacional beauty pageant; Karmito y los Supremos.
Wednesday, August 14th:
El Salvador: La Ballet Folclorica Nacional de El Salvador; Rene Alonso and his 15 member band, Lasser.
Thursday, August 15th:
Guatemala: Ballet Folclorica de INGUAT; Los Phoenix del Peten; Miss Guatemala; Trajes Tipicos y Trajes Fantasia (sponsored by The Belize Yacht Club).
Friday, August 16th:
Honduras: La Gran Banda (sponsored by the Atlantic Group), cultural presentations by La Ballet Folclorica Nacional de Honduras.
Saturday, August 17th:
Belize and Caribbean Night: The Leomar Dancers, Sunita Castillo, Peter "Poots" Flores, Garifuna Kids.
Sunday, August 18th:
Event Day: Santino's Mountain Bike Classic, Volleyball Tournament, Mary Ellen's Scavenger Hunt, Diving Relay, Darts Competition, Body Building Competition, GRAND PARADE, San Pedro High School Band, Wil & the Caribbean Shells and Memo and his Band.
During the entire week of the festival "Pelofino & Burbujitas", clowns from Mexico, will entertain the children with juggling acts, balloon animals, etc.
There are many "firsts" with this year's festival. Each of the five Mundo Maya countries will be presenting a cultural performance, each country will also have a cultural/tourism booth displaying traditional and regional items specific to their country, La Reina de la Costa Maya Internacional will feature recognized beauty queens from each of the Mundo Maya countries and much more.
Passes are now on sale at several businesses throughout town. The cost is $30 for children under 12 and $60 for adults. A special souvenir t-shirt has been designed by Giovanni Marin and is on sale for $15.
In past years the race has taken just under a half hour to complete. Although the terrain is mostly level, the island's sand streets and roads have proved to be challenging to the 20 or more riders who compete. A rainstorm can definitely increase the level of difficulty. The race is open to all riders. Interested persons may sign up with Nigel Belisle at the WASA office or register at 10:30 a.m. on August 18 prior to the race.