Pirates Week is upon us, me hearties, and there be a plethora of grand schemes, themes, parties, competitions and all manner of goodies to get involved with.
Listen ye, for the national festival presented by brand new sponsors SaxonMG is about to kick off in grand style indeed.
Indeed, the festivities begin this very weekend with yon Little Cayman taking centre stage for some fabuloso paradisical events on that fandabidozi island of magic.
Dominoes and fireworks
First up is the domino tournament, starting at 7.30pm on Friday, 4 November, at the Hungry Iguana restaurant. First prize is $500 – not to be sniffed at. It should make for a fabulous precursor to the main Little Cayman Day on Saturday, 5 November. Central to that is the famous float parade at 3pm, starting from Head O’Bay. The floats tend to be a little more traditionally-dressed than the Grand Cayman version – expect to see silver thatch, coconut shells and palm leaves amongst the classic pirate garb. Of course, there are all sorts of prizes for the best fancy dress so don’t skimp on your interpretation of the theme of Cayman’s Marine Life. Local food is also on offer until 11pm.
Check out the fireworks at the Hungry Iguana before heading to the dance and rocking out with C-Level. Again, there are spot prizes so break out those dancefloor heroics.
Meanwhile, at the ranch
Back on Grand Cayman, the very first part of the celebration begins on Thursday, 10 November, from 5.30pm to 9pm with the now-traditional Pre-Pirates Week Happy Hour at Breezes by the Bay. This is somewhere that you can meet up with all those happy visiting pirates – and locals – who are getting into the spirit of the festival. Grog may be consumed.
The Ministry of Culture-sponsored Miss Festival Queen starts at 6pm on Harbour Drive. This costume fashion show is extremely popular and very family-friendly. Contestants do not have to sing, dance or answer questions; they just show up with costumes of their own design, parade before the judges and smile as supporters cheer them on.
“The Ministry of Culture is happy to support this great community event that adds even more colour and excitement to our annual Pirates Week Festival,” notes Stran Bodden, deputy chief officer.
At 7.30 one of the most tuneful experiences you are ever going to have on Grand Cayman starts – the Chevron/Texaco-sponsored Steel Pan Competition. Goring Avenue is simply going to be rocking and rolling to the sound of an instrument that has taken the Cayman Islands by storm. Originating in Trinidad, the instrument can be sweet and subtle or heart-bumpingly upbeat and as the years roll on, the bands just get better and better. Get there early to take your place to get a great view as bands of kids and adults compete for significant cash prizes. The sounds are sweet and splendid; perhaps next year you’ll be drawn to enter the contest as a player. But whether wielding the sticks or simply listening to the licks, the Steel Pan contest is an extra-special experience as the sun goes down over the first night of the best week of the year.
“Chevron Caribbean Inc., operating under our Texaco brand, is pleased to once again be a corporate sponsor of this huge cultural event in the Cayman Islands,” says Nadia Powery, business manager.
“Our company is also keen in the fact that so many primary and junior school students will benefit from learning how to play the steel-pan drums. Our company takes a delight in being part of sponsorships that gear towards educational aspiration for the youths in countries where we do business.”
And it doesn’t end there: At 9pm you can head over to The Wharf for the now very traditional Pre-Pirates Week Kick-Off Party. This is where things really do get funky, with a plethora of pirates, cool tunes and new friends congregating for a real evening of fun. Live music is promised as things ramp up significantly and people ready themselves for the great times to come. It’s all starting here, folks, so brace thyself for party power and family friendly fun.
Win big with SaxonMG
This year Saxon Motor & General is the title sponsor of the Pirates Week Festival 2011 adding a never-before component to build excitement and encourage participation at all Pirates Week events.
SaxonMG has created a special contest for Pirates Week called License to WIN. The contest will provide a grand prize giveaway of a 2011 Hyundai Santa Fe and one year insurance, which will be given away at the Pirates Week Grand Finale event on November 19th.
The License to WIN Contest launched October 24th to build awareness, excitement and attendance to all Pirates Week events. Registration is free, find new CODEs daily in on the SaxonMG website, SaxonMG Facebook page, Cayman Free Press publications, the Pirates Week Website and everywhere you see the 2011 Hyundai Santa Fe on display. Receive hints for locating more CODEs by following us on twitter. There are up to 200 CODEs to locate with each CODE giving you an extra chance to WIN
Visit www.mglicensetowin.ky or www.saxonmg.ky for more details.
Aussies love pirates
Bernie Bush, festival director, popped up down under recently with a radio interview for Australian national radio show, The Peanut Gallery. In a regular segment called Peanut Gallery World Sport, Bernie told the Australian public all about Pirates Week. Due to the time difference, the interview took place at 11pm Cayman time – 3pm in Australia.
As a result, Pirates Week has been contacted by an Australian rugby side about the possibility of reviving a Pirates Week rugby match. Interest has also been growing worldwide including from Chicago and Tampa, where Pirates Week will be attending the Gasparilla Festival.
West Bay picks snapper champ
On Saturday, 29th October, at 10am the Cracked Conch Restaurant came alive with two young ladies – Aliana Dodds and Angelica Dodds – preparing and cooking snapper fish as part of the district competitions.
Under the watchful eye of French chef Gilbert Cavallaro in the large beautiful and well equipped stainless steel kitchen at the Cracked Conch, the two started on the journey of their first cooking competition.
Two representatives from SaxonMG were on hand to watch the pair cook up a storm.
When it was over, Chef gave them both some very valuable pointers of cooking and showcasing their dishes. Then it was time for tasting, testing and announcing the winner.
Aliana won for presentation and Angelica won for taste. The overall winner was Angelica who will go on to compete at the Snapper Cook Off on 19th November, 2011.
“Thanks to Chef Gilbert Cavallaro for his expertise, the Cracked Conch for hosting the competition and SaxonMG representatives for attending and being apart of the tasting and testing,” said Zeta Bodden.