Carnival without costumes

This weekend, the streets of Cayman will be filled with people, colour and music as residents join in the Batabano carnival festivities. Each year the flamboyant costumes become more elaborate, with vibrant colours, sparkling sequins, feather head dresses and beads, reflecting the colours, culture and heritage of Cayman.

For those who do not have an exotic costume and a band to join, all is not lost, however. Cayman Bacchanal, the organisation which has taken on the project of rejuvenating Cayman’s carnival and hosting a number of special pre-carnival events, have created a T-shirt band.

“We realised that there is a need for a T-shirt band for Cayman Carnival. Some residents would like to participate in our annual festival but not everyone is comfortable wearing a costume, so Cayman Bacchanal decided to create a band for those people who would like to take part in Cayman Carnival Batabano. We look forward to the Road Parade this Saturday, May 7th,” says Cedric Gidarisingh, Cayman Bacchanal organiser, adding that this will be the biggest band on the road for 2011 carnival, with 40 trucks, plenty of music and unlimited drinks. Last year, 180 people joined the T-shirt band. This year, there are already over 200 participants registered.

Anyone wanting to join the Cayman Bacchanal Road Party – Hawaiian Style is welcome to do so. A $30 registration fee will include a T-shirt, goodie bag, unlimited drinks and more.

“Masqueraders will get Hawaiian party favours which includes unlimited drinks, unlimited fun and unlimited good times,” says Gidarisingh.

Aspiring carnival revellers who either do not have or do not want to wear a costume can register for the T-shirt band online at or visit Singh’s Roti Shop for a registration form.


T-shirt band revellers in last year’s parade.
Photo: Submitted