Decade of decadence celebrates Kaibo’s tenth Mardi Gras

This year’s Mardi Gras celebration at Kaibo will be slightly different from previous years.

The venue gets set to celebrate its tenth Mardi Gras celebration this Ash Wednesday public holiday, 25 February.

To celebrate this anniversary, VIP tickets will be available for $100 and will include four drinks, lunch and entertainment. The event is open to the general public free of charge.

With a Bond theme to the event, there will be Bond girls, beads and bands galore – three local bands, Suite Elite, Charlie Goes Electric and the Free2Be Ensemble, will perform live on the day.

Other treats on the day will include a mojito bar, mudslide tent and champagne tent. Ferries will run from Safehaven to Kaibo from noon to 2am.

Kaibo’s tradition comes from the original Mardi Gras partiers themselves – Louisianans.

‘The first owners from Kaibo were the Foster brothers, who come from New Orleans – the home of the original Mardi Gras,’ explained Daniel Petts, owner and manager of Kaibo.

‘It was a natural progression for them to set up Mardi Gras in Cayman at their beloved restaurant Kaibo, and North Side is the perfect location on the island to visit on the Ash Wednesday public holiday.’

Since its inception ten years ago, the party has grown in popularity at Kaibo, with an approximate 5,000 people attending last year’s celebration, Mr. Petts added.

‘The party has grown from strength to strength and has become more synonymous with Caribbean carnival.’

This year, Kaibo has collaborated with primary sponsor, LIME, and come up with the ‘biggest and best Mardi Gras yet,’ said Mr. Petts.

‘The entire beach will be decorated beyond recognition and will offer a host of tents to visit,’ said Mr. Petts. ‘As usual there will be a ton of beads that will be thrown from the VIP balcony into the crowds below. On the stage will be three of the island’s most popular bands and Oneworld DJs, Bond girls and professional dancers will entertain the crowd until midnight.’

Tickets are available by calling 947-9975 or going online to www.kaibo.ky.

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