GT festival fit for a Pirate queen

Pirates Week preparations continue to sparkle with the latest event to be held in George Town. 

Yes, it’s the selection of the George Town entrant for the National Festival Queen contest, and it takes place at the central community park in the town. If you didn’t know already, that’s behind the Trident building off Shedden Road. Weekender knew this of course, but only after the George Town Heritage Day committee had reminded us. Honest. 

Anyway, Dale Ramon of the heritage committee informs us that show time is 7.30pm on Saturday, 17 September. 

“As requested by the National Festival office, each district must send a representative – including the Sister Islands of Cayman Brac and Little Cayman – to take part in the contest on Thursday, 10 November.  

That’s the same night as the steel pan competition in downtown George Town. The national winner will receive a cash prize and have the opportunity to be a spokesperson for the Department of Tourism. 


Funds raised 

Sounds good to us. The funds raised at the selection contest will go toward financing the George Town float and the George Town entrant in the festival queen contest, explains Dale. 

“The George Town Festival Queen show will feature eight contestants who will present a short speech on historical figures from George Town, presentation in costume and presentation in evening wear. 

“The contestants will be judged on speaking ability, projection in costume and grace and elegance. Local acts will also be a part of the evening, and the reigning festival queen Miss Shenika Gooding will give a performance and crown the winner.” 

Tickets for the event are $10 for adults and $5 for kids and are available from any committee member, Funky Tangs and Reflections. 



Recent addition 


A fairly recent but popular addition to Pirates Week, the Festival Queen competition is essentially a ‘costume fashion show’ that draws hundreds of people every year. 

Contestants don’t have to sing, dance or answer questions; they just show up with costumes of their own designs, parade their creations before the judges and smile as their supporters roar encouragement. The result is a glittering array of colour and excitement on the downtown street. This event is traditionally sponsored by the Ministry of Culture. 

Pirates Week’s title sponsor is Saxon MG, and this year’s event looks set to be the biggest, best and brightest festival in history.  

The 34th festival begins on 10 November and runs until 20 November. It will be seven fun-filled days with music, street dances, competitions, games, wonderful local food and drink, kids day, a glittering parade, sports events for everyone, Heritage Days, pirate invasion and fireworks galore. 

It all begins with a fantastic steel pan competition and kick-off party, and on Friday night the festival goes off with a bang with a spectacular fireworks display. With a Pirate Costume competition, crowning of the Festival Queen and the National Song Contest, that night there is no better place to be in the Caribbean. 


Contact Dale Ramon on 323-3617 for information on becoming a contestant. 

Miss Festival Queen 2008 Javette Davis

Javette Davis wowed the judges to become Festival Queen a few years ago. – Photo: Submitted

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