Boats parade their lights

Cayman 27’s Parade of Lights, which takes place on 10 December, is one of the most highly anticipated events of the Christmas season. Last year an estimated 4,000 people lined the waterfront in Camana Bay to watch the procession of brightly lit, decorated boats as they made their up to the Crescent.

This year, 15 boats have registered for the event, which promises to be an equally impressive spectacle. Although for many the mere sight of more than a dozen boats adorned with Christmas decorations is entertainment enough, participating boats are in fact competing for a $2,000 cash prize.

Participating boats are divided into Private and Watersports categories and a prize will be awarded to the winner for each category. Judges will be looking for wow factor, creativity, use of colour, and overall impression. Sunset Divers has won the Watersports category for the past two years, so many are eager to see what they come up with this year. Rumour has it they are determined to win again this year so some spectacular designs can be expected. In the private category, boat owners and their crews will need to find something suitably creative to compete with last year’s winning entry from Lonnie Jackson, who had created a reindeer-drawn sleigh in Christmas lights.

The parade begins as the sun goes down, at 6pm, and will be accompanied by a performance from the First Baptist Choir and some holiday favourites from Bona Fide.

“The boats all start from the docks on the south end of Camana Bay, they do a pirouette “centre stage” on The Crescent and exit up the North Canal from there they make their way back down the South Canal and to their assigned slips,” says Mike Keesee, general sales manager for Cayman 27. The event ends on a high note with a superb fireworks display sponsored by WestStar TV at 8pm.

“Organising an event of this scale requires a huge commitment from so many – Camana Bay is a wonderful host; the entire team from Pro Yacht keeps everyone on course as the boat marshalls, and we can’t forget the participants without whom there would be no parade,” says Mr. Keesee.