Editorial for 09 November: Bring on the pirates, party

We’re keeping our fingers crossed that the weather gods will
smile down on us this weekend and next week as we once again welcome pirates to
our shores.

Pirates Week is here. It’s all in the name of fun and a way
to boost tourism.

It’s a time for light-hearted re-enactments of the menace of
pirate invasions into these Islands.

It is time for celebration of local traditions in the
district days and for general island-wide merriment.

The five-day forecast shows choppy seas and windy conditions
with a chance of showers.

The 11-day festival was moved to the month of November a few
years back because rainy October days kept forcing the cancellation of many
Pirates Week activities.

It was a wise move for our national festival.

Pirates Week was formed in 1977 to give a boost to Cayman’s
tourism industry during the off-season.

While November is closer to high season than October, it’s
still a pretty quiet time as far as tourism goes.

So far the move has been a win-win situation.

While the fest kicked off last night, the real action begins
tomorrow with the landing of the pirates.

And of course don’t miss out on the District Heritage Days.
There you’ll learn of days gone by, eat traditional fare and see some wonderful
arts and crafts.

Pirates Week gives us a chance to take a break from the
humdrum everyday. Some people will get more caught up in the spirit of the
moment than others, but even in the middle of mock-mayhem, no one should forget
the basic safety rules.

While drinking and debauchery are associated with Pirates
Week, we urge everyone to not drink and drive.

Make other arrangements, such as a designated driver or call
a taxi.

You can bet that staff of the Royal Cayman Islands Police
Service will be out looking for drink drivers and law breakers.

For those who do participate in the wilder side of the week,
we ask that you do so responsibly.

Don’t spoil a good time by making bad choices.

Happy Pirates Week 2012!


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