Digicel, which became the major sponsor of Pirates Week National Festival last year, is making sure the 2006 Pirates Week is better than ever.
The telecom company plans to give Pirates Week a boost with a number of enhancements including bringing in additional entertainment, said a press release from the Pirates Week office.
In what will be a first for Pirates Week, Kes the Band, a hot new group from Trinidad, who will be performing throughout Pirates Week, will be joined by a prominent soca star for the final street dance on November 18, says the release.
‘The combination should prove to be a grand finale for the festival.’
Digicel also plans to have greater involvement in the float parade this year, as well as sponsoring more downtown activities and entertainment for the opening weekend. The company is also considering sponsoring tents for stage covers, making sure the show goes on regardless of the weather.
The release also notes that on 1 September the Pirates Week Vacation drawing takes place.
‘Two lucky people will win a trip to Cayman courtesy of Cayman Airways and spend four nights here compliments of the Westin Casuarina Resort and Spa.
‘Entrants in the drawing were customers of the Pirates Week gift shop. Information provided on the entry forms gives the Department of Tourism data for marketing Cayman and Pirates Week.’
Pirates Week begins on Thursday 9 November with a kick-off party on the deck of The Wharf restaurant. Opening night for downtown action is Friday 10 November with the best fireworks show in the Caribbean, song contest, Miss Festival Queen Costume Competition and street dance featuring Kes the Band and local performers.
A new event this year is the Pirates Week Costume Competition. The event takes place on Saturday 11 November immediately following the float parade. The competition is open to everyone. Cash prizes will be awarded for best pirate and wench costumes in junior and senior divisions, the release outlines.
Local bands interested in performing should contact the Pirates Week Office.
Sound reinforcement providers are invited to contact the Pirates Week Office in regard to tendering bids for providing sound for two performance stages and District Heritage Days.
For the full schedule of events visit the Pirates Week website at www.piratesweekfestival.com .