Pirates Week is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, with festival organisers promising a bigger and better event than ever before, said a press release.
According to organisers, the 11-day festival – which runs from Thursday, 8 to Sunday, 18 November – will include more decorations, an augmented fireworks show, a 40-piece marching band from Jamaica, the Red Bull parachute team, a pre-Pirates Week awards banquet, a new cardboard boat race, a new dominoes tournament, hundreds of give-aways, and more entertainment downtown prior to the landing pageant.
Pirates Week executive director, Dave Martins, said there is great excitement being generated in the various committees of the festival, and that the private sector support has been strong in the commitment to mark the 30th anniversary.
‘We have a number of exciting things happening this year, and we’re fired up to get going,’ Mr. Martins said. ‘But, we have to credit the corporate support and also the enthusiasm from the Ministry of Tourism to make this 30th year a stand-out event.’
The festival line-up begins with the VIBE Kick-off Party at the Wharf on Thursday 8 November, with live music, copious give-aways, a ‘pirate invasion’, and fireworks on the beach.
The festival’s 34-event line-up includes the Festival Queen competition, the pirate costume competition, the songfest, fireworks show, landing pageant, float parade, six street dances, six district days, an underwater treasure hunt, two teen dances, a kids fun day, two road races, two swimming competitions, a darts contest, and, new this year, a dominoes tournament.
Music for the six street dances – starting Friday, 9 November – will be supplied by six local bands along with the visiting Imij & Co from Trinidad, who will be joined by Byron Lee vocalist Oscar B on the closing Saturday.
A new event this year is the cardboard boat race with boats made only of cardboard and duct tape, propelled only by paddles or sails. It takes place on the final Saturday, 17 November, at 4pm at Hog Sty Bay. Boats will leave from the beach, circle the little rock, and return.
The downtown entertainment, prior to the landing Pageant on Saturday, 10 November, will feature the St. Jude’s Marching Band from Jamaica, a kids’ quadrille group, an acrobatic juggler, a Dance Unlimited piece, and a surprise performance to be announced later.
An addition to this year’s festival will be an advance awards banquet on Saturday 3 November, honouring 30 persons who have made outstanding and ongoing contributions to the festival over its 30 years.
Saturday, 3 November
Little Cayman Day, 4pm.
Thursday, 8 November
Pre-Pirates Week happy hour, Breezes by the Bay, 5.30pm to 9pm.
Kick-off Party, the Wharf, 9pm.
Friday, 9 November
Pirates Rock happy hour, Hard Rock Café, 5.30pm to 7.30pm.
Pirates Week 5K Run registration, 4.30pm.
Pirates Week 5K Run, 5pm.
Costume competition, South Terminal Bandstand, 6pm.
Miss Festival Queen competition, 7pm.
Pirates Week Songfest, 8pm.
Street dance and food festival, 9pm to 2am.
Saturday, 10 November
5K and 10K Sea Swims, 8am.
Pre-Landing entertainment, 2pm.
Landing pageant at Hog Sty Bay and float parade, 3pm.
Teen disco, Craft Market, Harbour Drive, 7pm to midnight.
Street dance and food festival, 7pm to midnight.
Sunday, 11 November
Children’s Fun Fair Day, 12pm to 4pm.
Underwater Treasure Hunt at Dive Tech, West Bay, 1pm to 4pm.
Monday, 12 November
North Side Heritage Day, 9am to 2am.
Tuesday, 13 November
Bodden Town Heritage Day, 11am to 2am.
Wednesday, 14 November
George Town Heritage Day, noon to 2am.
Thursday, 15 November
East End Heritage Day, noon to midnight.
Friday, 16 November
West Bay Heritage Day, 12pm to 2am.
Turtle Release, Public Beach 5pm.
Swim Meet, Lions pool, 4pm to 8pm.
Saturday, 17 November
Swim Meet, Lions pool, 8am to 5pm.
Savannah/Newlands Heritage Day, noon to 8pm.
Cardboard boat race, 4pm to 6pm.
Trial of the Pirates, 7.30pm.
Street dance, Harbour Drive, 8pm to midnight.
Teen Disco, Craft Market, Harbour Drive, 8pm to midnight.
Sunday, 18 November
Pirates Week 10K run, 7am.
Swim Meet, 8am.
Darts Tournament, Corner Pocket, 1pm.
Thursday, 22 November
Cayman Brac, Edd’s Place, 8pm.
Friday, 23 November
Cayman Brac dance, La Esperanza, 9pm.
Saturday, 24 November
Cayman Brac parade from Spot Bay, 3pm.
Dance, La Esperanza, 8pm.
Visit www.piratesweekfestival.com for further details, or call the Pirates Week Office on 949-5859.
To enter the cardboard boat race, Saturday, 17 November, call Sophia on 949-0471.
Teams can be a maximum of six, minimum of two and all entrants must be 17 years and over.
Prizes will be awarded for first, second and third place, as well as for best boat, best costumes and most spectacular sinker.
Entrance fee is $250 per boat, $175 for youth groups or students.