The pirates are coming

The Pirates are on the horizon,
cutlasses glinting under the Caribbean sun. The scurvy dogs, so familiar to
these shores, are set on returning for a week of family fun.

Yes, Pirates Week National Festival
will be held again, between 11 and 21 November – and Pirates Week it will stay.

“It will be a fun-packed 11 days
for the whole family, whether they are residents or tourists,” said Premier
McKeeva Bush.

The famous shindig will have a
brand new look, too, having been art directed by Cayman Free Press under the
watchful eye of marketing supervisor Anne Mason with help from Cayman Free
Press designers Camille Henry and Kelly Imren.

“The new branding is a more modern
and contemporary reflection of the direction that the Pirates Week Committee is
steering the festival and heritage days,” said the premier.

Bernie Bush of the Pirates Week
Committee said that 2010 marks the 33rd year of the festival, which he
described as an inclusive one, where everyone could share their love of Cayman.

“We have a wide spectrum of
nationalities here and we want everyone to be a part of Pirates Week,” he said.

Heritage days

Pirates Week is a major draw for
tourists, who travel from far and wide to get involved and it is also a vitally
important part of highlighting the quality, skill and magic of the various
districts of Cayman. The Heritage Days will concentrate on each district, one
by one, presenting local crafts, food, history and entertainment but with an
exciting new outlook that is borne on a wave of youth and new ideas.

“This year’s theme is the past, the
present and the future, blending everything that came together to make Cayman
the place it is today, whilst speculating as to what is yet to come.

“As usual, there will be Heritage
Days throughout each district, but this year a huge infusion of energy has
taken place with more young people getting deeply involved in order to make the
district days exciting, historical and good-natured as ever,” said McKeeva
Bush.

The Department of Tourism said that
the festival was originally designed to be a draw for visitors during
off-season but since then has become so much more.

“Over the years it has grown and
with the development of the Heritage Days has been able to share part of the
Cayman Islands history and culture with both visitors and residents. The event
has transformed to into one of the most anticipated fun activities to do
on-island, and adds an extra special element of entertainment and revelry which
many of our visitors enjoy participating in.

“In addition to the music, dancing
and colourful costumes, this year’s event will include the ever popular ‘mock
pirate invasion,’ float parade, district heritage days and a special children’s
fun fair day. Most of activities that take place over the festival’s 11
fun-filled days are free and can be enjoyed by all,” said Acting Director of
Tourism, Shomari Scott.

Greater heights

Anne Mason said that the Caymanian
Compass was once again very excited to be coming on board and sponsoring
Pirates Week National Festival 2010.

“A huge effort and new direction
from the Pirates Week committee this year will be driving this festival to
greater heights. We are delighted to be presenting a festival which brings together
family fun and a celebration of the heritage of the Cayman Islands.

“From the world-famous landing of
the pirates to the delicious food and the street parade Pirates Week is always
a treat for all ages. We are also excited about the Heritage Days and the new
website that will be going live in July. We will also be helping Pirates Week
with running a great competition this September so don’t forget to look out for
this in your Caymanian Compass or online under competitions at caycompass.com.

“We encourage all our readers to
really get behind this festival this year and make it the best yet!,” said Ms
Mason.

Pirates in the modern age have no
need to rely on semaphore. Far from it – the Pirates Week website will be going
fully live in mid-to-late July. There’s already a lively Facebook page – Cayman
Islands Pirates Week Festival so please become a fan. The Twitter page is
www.twitter.com/cipiratesweek and the tweets are already flowing faster than a
flagon of fine grog on the Cap’n’s birthday.

Mighty strides

The Pirates Week committee has made
great strides in making Pirates Week bigger and better this year. This mighty effort
is ongoing with companies on and off island rushing to get involved as sponsors
and supporters. The committee is urging interested sponsors to get in touch to
take things up to yet another level. The links between local businesses and
Pirates Week are a vital part of the yearly bash and everyone is encouraged to
get involved. For more information on sponsorship email [email protected]

One of the sponsors, Radio Cayman,
plans on broadcasting the parade again live as it has done for many years and
the station will also broadcast the annual song competition that is to take
place, said Jay Erhart of the radio station.

Event sponsors of Pirates Week
National Festival 2010 are Digicel.

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The pirates will be invading again.
Photo: Stephen Clarke
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  1. Its a Great Thing to See that The Caymanian Government has Taken an even Greater Interest in The Success of Pirates Week ! In these Weak Economical Times, The Festival will have to Compete Harder for The Precious Tourism Dollars they need to Survive. Last Year was the First Time that I had a Chance to Participate in The Pirates Landing; but I Noticed Something Rather Unusual. Most People (Tourists) that I met in the Couple Days before The Landing, had NO IDEA that it was Pirates Week, or what it was !!! There needs to be much more Advertising in the United States, Canada, and Other Countries about this Fantastic Festival. There must also be more Advertising from Local Caymanian Businesses, with Signs letting Vacationers know that its Pirates Week ! I was not the Only One to Notice a Complete Absence of Pirates Week Advertising by Restaurants, Stores, and other Establishments from Georgetown to West Bay ! Believe Me, a Pirates Week Commercial, or a Newspaper Ad in Foreign Countries, would CERTAINLY HELP getting more People to the Island ! Remember, this is a Great Festival; lets Spread the Word and keep it Alive !!!

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