This week’s bikini parade will now
try to break two world records instead of one.
Last week the organisers of the
bikini parade received approval from Guinness World Record to attempt the
swimsuit and bikini marks.
For the swimsuit mark, men can wear
swim trunks or shorts as long as they are made of waterproof material. Ideally
participants will need to wear any commercially available swim suit. Between
the one mile parade of bikinis and swimsuits, organisers are hoping to see
1,000 people hit the world-famous Seven Mile Beach.
That number would shatter the world
record of 323 people set on 23 May, 2010, by Procter and Gamble Japan K.K.
(Gillette Venus Team) at Venus Fort in Tokyo, Japan.
Aside from the added focus of having
men in swim-wear the basics around the bikini parade remain the same. Thursday,
17 June, remains the official day for all the action. Tiki Beach Bar on Seven
Mile Beach in Grand Cayman will be the site for the parade at 5.30pm. Last
minute registration takes place at 5pm with a $15 sign-up fee. Proceeds go to
the Cayman Islands Amateur Swimming Association.
X107.1 Emcee Chloe Hill will host
the event and serve as one of the judges alongside Betty Baraud, Mario Cabezas,
Ian Dawson James and Simon Payne. Chief organisers for the parade include Avril
Brophy, Maria Butler, Monica Czorny, Laurice Fraser, Sook Lee Yin, Brenda
McGrath and Nicole Wild Merl.
There will be many prizes during
the parade. Among the categories of note are most creative, retro and funky.
Prizes include a two-night stay at the Marriott Resort Grand Cayman including
breakfast, one year unlimited yoga pass at Bliss in the Marquee plaza worth
$1,200 and a sunset cruise donated by Red Sail Sports for up to 40
participants. Ms Yin, who is the swimming association fundraising chairperson,
continues to urge people to participate.
“Recruit your grandma, mum, aunts,
cousins, sisters, godchildren, dogs on leads and get them in a two-piece bikini
and come to Tiki Beach to show your support. The main purpose of this parade is
to support children becoming water-safe and the development of competitive
swimming to the highest level. We need 324 to beat the current record but we
are hoping for 1,000 participants.”
Registration for the parade took
place over the weekend at Sunset House (Friday), Coconut Joes (Saturday) and
Tiki Beach (Sunday). Online registration is currently ongoing at www.ciasa.ky
and pre-registration is recommended.
All participants receive an
official wristband from the swimming association and a celebratory World Record
Cocktail created exclusively by Tortuga Rums. For an extra $35 people can be
presented a certificate.
Participants are eligible for
discounts on bikini purchases (provided that proof of bikini parade registration
is shown) at: Funky Monkey, Governor’s Square (15 per cent), Temptation
Lingerie, Flagship Building (20 per cent) and WAVE, Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman
(20 per cent). There is a party planned after the parade called Summer Solstice
on Friday, 18 June, at 8pm at the Silver Palm Lounge within The Ritz-Carlton,
Grand Cayman ahead of Saturday’s annual Flowers Sea Swim.
For more information email
[email protected] or call 326-7617