It is one of the biggest parades in Orange Walk each year and this year the children’s parade did not fail to impress. The annual event is held in September as part of the month’s festivities leading up to Independence Day. Our news team was out at the center of town to capture the energy this year. Here’s a look at what it was like.

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The Queen Victoria Avenue in front of Town Hall was buzzing with music, drumming, and above all the chattering of gleeful students, big and small.

It was that time of the year when thousands of school children gather to pay tribute to the place they call home and the timing couldn’t be more fitting says Education Center Manager Carla Alvarez.

Carla Alvarez – District Center Manager

“I think it’s very important, one of the things we want to highlight all times is that we need to be patriotic, we need to show respect for our country and our flag and as educational institutions that we are that is the reason we are here we are showing that we have that respect for our country and our flag. “

But this is not just any ordinary school parade. Schools, teachers and parents go that extra mile in showcasing their best talents in some of the most flamboyant outfits.  Of course, like always, the young girls are the ones to flaunt these to an eager public.

Carla Alvarez – District Center Manager

“Normally we have the town schools participating and that would be about nine or ten schools and then we have the high schools participating along with ITVET.”

And this year, it was all about the students says Alvarez.

Carla Alvarez – District Center Manager

“Of the things that we have very different this year is for the opening ceremony where we have students doing various potion of the ceremony actually we had children from Salomon’s doing the National Anthem, we had children from Chapels School doing the welcome speech, we had Louisiana School doing the opening prayer and so the Mayor was the only adult that did a part of the ceremony.”

Despite the heat, it seemed the weather was more encouraging than not as these students waved their flags, shook their pom poms and their tail feathers, beat those drums and smiled along the entire route.

And it goes without saying, with such enthusiasm it is the hope of all that this year’s celebrations carry through without incident.

Carla Alvarez – District Center Manager

“I just want to wish everybody happy Independence to all and may we have a wonderful parade.”

The September festivities continue tonight with a special Mass to be held in memory of the Right Honorable George Cadle Price. The Mass will be the Price Avenue in Orange Walk Town. If you couldn’t make it to the parade this morning stay tuned to CTV-3 News as we will bring you more clips of the parade at the end of our newscast.

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