The annual Carnival in Belize is held in September, showcasing street theatre, music, fashion, and dance. Belize Carnival originates from African traditions and indigenous Mayan practices. The modern Belize Carnival dates back to 1975, when the Belize Women for Cultural Preservation movement came up with the idea of a carnival and a parade to showcase Belize arts and culture.
In September, Belize also celebrates its independence from Great Britain. The festivities last for the whole month and include many events. Carnival highlights include the Belize National Song Competition and Pre-Carnival Bash. Jouvert is the pre-carnival party, meant to set the mood for festivities. Held at Marion Jones Stadium Complex early in the morning, it involves Jump Street Posse. when people, covered in mud, paint, powder, or chocolate, dance to the Soca music through the streets of Belize City. King and Queen Competition and the Miss Belize Pageant showcase local entertainers donning the most amazing costumes.
Carnival Day Parade on Central American Boulevard in Belize City is the backbone of the celebration. The colorful procession features local dance groups in elaborate costumes marching through the streets of Belize City.
After this, the carnival continues at one of the parks of Belize City's Northern side or at Marion Jones Stadium Complex, where a stage is set up for live music and entertainment.