Weather changes Pirates Week

The weather has sparked a change of date for this year’s Pirates Week National Festival, which will run a week and a half to two weeks later than usual, from Thursday 9 November to Sunday 19 November.

The decision, which comes from the Ministry of Tourism, was made last week, Pirates Week Executive Director Dave Martins confirmed Tuesday morning.

The decision was based solely on the weather, he affirmed.

There had been many complaints from food vendors and those directly involved in Pirates Week activities about getting rained out of it during the national festival, said Mr. Martins.

The numerous complaints had everyone recommending that it be moved on in the calendar.

This was put to the Ministry, which finally made the decision to move the dates.

Mr. Martins said the change in date has nothing to do with the Florida Caribbean Cruise Association’s annual conference which takes place on Grand Cayman from 31 October to 3 November, 2006.

It has yet to be decided if next year’s festival will also be run during November.

Pirates’ Week was started in 1977 to give a boost to Cayman’s tourism industry during the off-season and has traditionally taken place in the last week of October.

This year’s festival, says a press release from the Ministry of Tourism, will be the usual combination of eight street dances, five district days, landing pageant, float parade, fireworks show, festival queen costume competition, songfest, trial of the pirates, sports events and teenage and kids’ activities.

District Days will be in the following rotation: Monday 13, Bodden Town; Tuesday 14, George Town; Wednesday 15, East End; Thursday 16, West Bay; Friday 17, North Side; Saturday 18 Savannah-Newlands.

The release notes, ‘This year, for the first time, the festival will initiate Mel McCoy’s idea to have lunch meals on sale daily in George Town from the respective District Day kitchens’.

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