The yearly party that is uniquely Cayman’s is well under way.
It started last night with parties at Breezes and the Wharf and continues this afternoon and well into the evening.
Many associate Pirates Week with drinking and debauchery.
But Pirates Week is so much more than that.
The Pirates Week Committee has gone to great strides to make sure the 11-day party has something for everyone, including moms, dads and kiddies.
Children and their parents will delight in the fireworks show tonight and everyone is invited to get into the action of the costume competition.
Teens get in on the act with an open-air street dance, which is run by the Leo’s so there’s no admission charge and no alcohol.
During the week Heritage Days will offer families a chance to take in displays of times gone by and consume scrumptious food such as turtle, cassava, heavy cake, conch and fish.
There’s a Children’s Fun Fair Day at Cayman Prep School for folks 12 and younger.
There’s also a family-based Underwater Treasure Hunt at Dive Tech in West Bay Sunday.
So you see, there’s lots for families to do during Pirates Week.
For those who do participate in the wilder side of the week, we ask that you do so responsibly.
It’s a sure bet that members of the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service will be out in force keeping drunk drivers off the roads.
We hope and pray that our 11-day party isn’t marred by death on our roadways.
On a brighter note, there are 32 events during Pirates Week.
To borrow a phrase from Dave Martins, the executive director of Pirates Week, there is truly something for everyone at our annual bask – take your pick.