Eleven junior masquerade groups hit the streets this Saturday, 25 April, for the annual Junior Batabano street parade.
Ten of the 11 groups this year are schools, with three being first-time participants – New Horizon High School, Cayman International School and the Lighthouse School. The only non-school group is presented by Tricia Martin.
‘We are very thrilled to have the three new schools participating this year, especially the Lighthouse School,’ said Junior Batabano Coordinator Wendy George. ‘We are looking forward to a fantastic presentation this year by all the students and youth groups, as the costumes are exceptionally outstanding this year.’
Other participating schools are East End Primary, Bodden Town Primary, Savannah Primary, Prospect Primary, Red Bay Primary, St. Ignatius Catholic School and Pace High School.
The Junior Batabano parade will be officially opened by the Minister of Education, Youth, Sports, and Culture, Alden McLaughlin, at 3pm in front of the Glass House in George Town. Leading the parade will be the Cayman Islands Scouts. After kicking off from the Glass House heading into town, the parade turns left on Shedden Road, takes a right on Harbour Drive, turns right on Fort Street, and loops back around to the Glass House via Edward Street.
Ms George says that before and after the parade, there will be Family Fun Day activities on the Glass House lawns. ‘We have face painting, bouncy castles, balloons, life-size cartoon characters greeting the kids, and lots of fun foods like cotton candy, popcorn and snow cones,’ she explained. ‘It’s a great way to spend a Saturday afternoon out with the family, even if your kids aren’t participating in the parade.’
Once all groups have crossed the stage to be judged at the end of the parade, Ms George says the Junior Song Competition will take over, at around 5.30pm. Song competition judges are members of the Cayman Islands Music Association.
The Junior Batabano 2009 is sponsored by the Ministry of Education, Youth, Sports, and Culture; Dart; Butterfield Bank; Cayman Distributors; LIME; Caycompass.com; CITN; Cayman Airways; Rotary; and Tortuga.
Trinidadian costume designer Richard Bartholomew created a slew of elaborate designs as shown on the cover of this week’s Entertainment section.
Different schools will wear the various costumes in the Junior Batabano parade tomorrow morning.
Costumes are as follows:
East End Primary School will wear the Blue – A Royal Pain costumes and will have 24 participants.
Bodden Town Primary School will wear Turn the Beat Around and have 25 participants.
Savannah Primary School will wear the Rainbow that is Real costume and have 25 participants.
Prospect Primary School will wear From Sand to Sea and have 25 participants.
Red Bay Primary School will wear Silver Stars in Heaven and have 25 participants.
Cayman International School will wear Viva Las Vegas! costumes and have 25 participants.
St. Ignatius School will wear the Hot! Hot! Hot! costumes and have 62 participants.
Other costume designs include the Profile International, Primary Colours design, Chutney! Chutney! design and Desert Quest design.
The Lighthouse School will wear Primary Colours and have 17 participants.
Pace High School will wear the Chutney! Chutney! costumes and have 25 participants.
New Horizons High School will sport the Desert Quest costumes and have 20 participants.
Tricia Martin private mas band will wear the Profile International costumes and have 30 participants.
A total of 303 students will be taking part in tomorrow morning’s parade, making it a sure-fire success.