The pirates are coming again

Although it might be for the last time, Cayman residents are being urged to get ready for the excitement and passion that always comes with the national festival, Pirates Week.

Pirates Week

Pirates Week festivities on the waterfront. Photo: Submitted

Leader of Government Business McKeeva Bush has said that he intends to change the theme of the national festival starting in 2010.

However, with only a little more than two months to go, the Pirates Week office is busy planning and making preparations for this year’s event, which is scheduled for 12 to 22 November.

Launching the event will be happy hour at Breezes by the Bay and a kick-off party at the Wharf.

For all of the pirates out there, the first week is the chance to win cash with the Pirate Costume Competition and Miss Festival Queen Costume Competition.

Line up along Hog Sty Bay or the waterfront for the vibrant firework display and stay behind to witness upcoming rising stars in the community with the Pirates Week Songfest. With dancing in the streets until 2am on Friday and 12 midnight on both Saturday nights, make sure to have on your best dancing shoes and a hungry belly to feast on great cuisine.

With many different sporting activities such as the 5K run, 5K Sea Swim, 10K run, Cycling Criterium, Underwater Treasure Hunt, Mike Lockwood Memorial International Swim Meet, Cardboard Boat Race, and the Mickey Mouse Darts Tournament, there is something for everyone.

Be entertained with the swashbuckling pre-landing entertainment and landing pageant where you can enjoy the likes of the Vivendi Performance troop. New for this year is the ‘Starvin Artists Exhibition’ and Children’s Fun Fair Day which has been moved to its new location in Camana Bay.

Celebrate Caymanian culture and learn more about heritage at the different district days with East End starting the festivities on Monday 16 November, West Bay on Tuesday 17 November, North Side on Wednesday 18 November, Bodden Town on Thursday 19 November, George Town on Friday 20 November and Savannah/ Newlands on Saturday 21 November.

The Little Cayman Pirates Week Heritage Day is scheduled for 7 November and the Cayman Brac Weekend is scheduled for 27 – 28 November.

Director for Pirates Week Casandra Hibbert thanked the sponsors for supporting the not-for-profit event.

‘It is the only national festival in the Caribbean where there are so many events that is free of entry for the public – all because of community support. There will be a good time for all so make sure that you come out and celebrate,’ she said.