The seventy-fifth Queen of the Bay National Pageant will be like no other as it will be held virtually for the first time. It is important for the pageant’s committee as they will get more participation from the Belizean public and they will not break the annual tradition since 1946. Committee member, Sherima Guity, explained that while many things have changed, the favorite parts of the event like the talent segment, the Q&A segment, the evening gown segment and the famous curtsey will still be included.
Sherima Guity, Coordinator, Queen of the Bay: “Adhering to all guidelines put in place by the National Oversight Committee so when we’re doing the pageant it’s only going to be ten persons or under inside the Toucan Hall at Biltmore per segment. The young ladies have been very brave in order to take up this task and they have been resourceful. I must commend the five delegates they didn’t have a pageant in their district as they normally do so the young ladies were hand selected by their coordinators in the respective districts to represent the pageant in the National Queen of the Bay this year. They have been so happy and excited, they’re excited to meet each other tomorrow even though they have to be following social distancing. Per normal we have the week’s activity in Belize City but this year due to the pandemic we could not have a week’s activity so the young ladies will be there on Friday and each of them have a separate room designated to them and a family member of their choice so that we don’t have any mingling whatsoever. When the pageant started it started in a time of great uncertainty for our country. You know it was the Guatemalan boats were in our harbor and they wanted to have that symbol of hope and today we find ourselves in that same situation basically. A lot of people are losing hope and in terms of giving hope back to our Belizeans we’re doing a live voting with Digi so therefore our community they can vote for their favorite delegate and by doing so the funds from this live voting the proceeds will go directly to front line workers. Even more specifically it will go to the Central Medical Laboratory technicians who have been working tirelessly in order to bring those COVID-19 results back accurately for us.”
The pageant will be aired on Saturday at 5:30pm.