Big fun in Little Cayman

Little Cayman’s Mardi Gras celebrations will involve the usual fun in the sun this year with the added twist of a real life wedding.

Betty Bua and fiancĂ© Joffer Smith, who were already well down their road with planning their nuptials. They only decided to tie the knot during the parade once they found out this year’s theme was ‘Special Occasions.’ The pair, has been courting for four years, and will be married atop a decked out residents float on 17 February.

Little Cayman Mardi Gras is held under the auspices of the Little Cayman National Trust and has grown into one of the island’s most well attended events.

Started 15 years ago, the Mardi Gras with its colourful floats filled with costumed participants and curb side revelers streets culminates with a hearty Jambalaya meal, prepared by the local resorts.

Once the street party is over, revelers can head off to the Little Cayman Beach Resort for the Creole-style meal, which organisers suggest will be the perfect ending to the busy afternoon.

According to event organiser Mrs. Gladys Howard, participants can hop aboard floats in the three divisions namely: Resort, Residents and Children (mainly tots in decorated strollers). Organisers are inviting participants to assemble on Guy Banks Road, Head O’ Bay at 4pm sharp.

The parade will then move in a westerly direction down Guy Banks Road finishing up near the airport finishing at around 5.30pm.

Participants are eligible for prizes including ones for best costumed males and females. They will be judged by judges who are guests at the island’s five resorts. Lucky winners will receive trophies and ribbons Mrs. Howard confirmed.

This year’s Mardi Gras Queen is Mary McCoy of Sam McCoy’s Fishing and Diving Lodge. In keeping with tradition, she was chosen to head the carnival by her peers due to her civic mindedness.

To make sure that this year’s Mardi Gras is a swinging event, organisers have secured the services of Barefoot Man, Chuck and Barrie Quappe and Raymond Walton.

‘We’ve been waiting for Barefoot to come and play at this event for 15 years and we’re delighted that he’ll be here and we want everyone to join us,’ said Mrs. Howard, who is also chairperson of the Little Cayman National Trust.

Mardi Gras was started as a fundraiser for the Trust, which works to preserve the natural fauna and flora on Little Cayman.

For further information about the Little Cayman Mardi Gras contact Mrs. Howard at Pirates Point Resort on 948-1010.