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2014 Chicago Belize Day draws national and international crowd
Published on August 6, 2014 Email To Friend    Print Version

Lova Boy. Photo by Kurt Sanchez

CHICAGO, USA -- On Sunday, the annual Chicago Belize Day at the Park was held at the Hawthorne Race Track in the city of Chicago. The event featured music, traditional Caribbean, Belizean, Latin and American Food. Also, the most anticipated performance by local and award winning recording musicians that included Taprick, Concego, JOBO, Danki Man, Lil’ June and Lova Boy, who headlined the summer event.

The family and community event has been growing for years. In 2011, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn proclaimed the first Sunday of August as “Chicago Belize Day in the State”, which serves to recognize the contributions of Chicago’s growing Belizean American and immigrant community in the city of Chicago and state.

The musical and entertainment acts did not disappoint the estimated crowd of thousands who attended to be part of the festivities. From the high energy of rising stars like Lil’ June, Concego, Taprick to the crowd pleasing Danki Man and Lova Boy’s antics who featured in a Punta Dance Off with a young Punta dancer the crowd chose as the winner.

The crowd included people from nearby states like Indiana, Michigan, Iowa and Kentucky. In addition, people came from California, New York, Maryland, Texas, Maryland, Belize, Trinidad and Tobago, Guatemala and Honduras.

On his Facebook page, the Prince of Belize thanked his supporters.

“All my beautiful Belizean people showing pride and representing in heavy numbers @ the 2014 Chicago Belize day at the park. Thank you guys so much for being so awesome and allowing me to entertain you. I have to commend the organizers (Belize Educational fund and day in the park committee) you guys sacrifice a whole lot and go out your way to bring us Belizeans together for such a beautiful day of celebrations,” said Lova Boy, who in July of 2014 made history by being the first Punta Rock artist to be featured at the annual Houston Caribbean Festival, where close to 30,000 people came to see his talents.
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Wellington C Ramos:

Dear Friends,

It is good that we the Belizeans living in the United States of America find the time to travel all the way to Chicago and have fun.

However, when all the fun is over and we go back home to our respective States we will still have the same problems that we had before we went to Chicago.

This event takes a lot of time to plan and I hereby urge the planners of this event to include a Belize Diaspora Summit within those three days while most of our people are there.

The summit could be held on a Friday evening before the day in the park event. We can invite Representatives of all the Belizean organizations in the United States to come and discuss the problems Belizeans are having in their respective communities. We can also request the presence of a Belizean Government Representative to come and sit down with us and discuss how we can work with our government to assist us here and our people back home with their problems.

By doing this, we will be having fun while we are getting some business accomplished and planning for the future of ourselves, children, grandchildren and our beloved nation Belize for many years to come.

I was one of the original planners of the New York City Parkfest along with Butch Fairweather, Carrie Fairweather, Lloyd McKeesey, Bede Pitts, Lionel Hamilton, Andrew Higinio and many other Belizean organizations and patriotic Belizeans which no longer exist.

In the beginning everything was going fine and then some people changed the focus of it from promoting the culture and country of Belize to moneymaking and people were no longer interested. If it is to promote the country and cultures of Belize then it will always attract people. If it is for people just to make money then people will get turned off and stop attend. I think the organizers of this event should consider my proposal for the next Chicago Day In The Park.

Your Friend,
Wellington C. Ramos
Belizean New York Activist


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