The Agricultural Grounds on Cayman Brac are adorned with blue, green and white this Christmas.
While some residents have speculated the colours were chosen because they are the party colours of the United Democratic Party, the minister responsible for erecting the lights insisted they were picked to correspond with the “nautical theme” of the display.
The Ministry of District Administration, Works, Lands and Agriculture, headed by Cayman Islands Deputy Premier Juliana O’Connor-Connolly, organised the display and chose the colours.
“The Christmas lights mainly in white, green and blue depicted the nautical theme we chose,” Ms O’Connor-Connolly said.
The absence of festive red in the display led some attendees at the event to question if the ministry had purposely chosen to omit red because it is the party colour of the rival People’s Progressive Movement political party.
According to the ministry, the cost for the lighting materials was CI$5,207.16.
The Christmas lights were launched on 29 November before more than 500 residents. This is the first year a Christmas display has been erected at the Agricultural Grounds.
The Agricultural Grounds, which earlier this year got a make-over with the laying of fresh asphalt on widened roads and the creation of two roundabouts, are usually in use once a year – during the Agricultural Show each spring.
Ms O’Connor-Connolly said, “This event was a good reminder of what the season is about. The audience left with the holiday spirit. It is beautiful scenery for all the family and we are hoping to turn this into a Brac tradition for the entire family. This event provided another way to utilise the Agriculture Grounds.”
The deputy premier said the Christmas lights at the Agricultural Grounds meant Brackers could visit the site with their families and enjoy a quiet evening, as well as to lift the spirits for the holiday season.
The event included performances by carollers from churches and schools and performances by Raymond Scott, Pastor Tom French, District Commissioner Ernie Scott, Neila Jones, Kevin Roberts, Annie Rose Scott, April Tibbetts, Georgia Isaacs and 10-year-old Gina Grant.