Parade of Lights brings colour

The first day of December is a reasonable time to begin the Christmas celebration, we reckon, so the annual Parade of Lights kicks things off pretty niftily.

Held at The Crescent at Camana Bay from 6pm on Saturday, 1 December, the boat parade really does usher in the season.

The boat parade follows with participants competing for $2,000 cash. Entrants compete in either “private” or “water sports” categories and are judged based on creativity, wow factor, use of colour and overall impression. Sunset Divers is sure to be a contender in the water sports category as the returning title holder, reckon organisers Cayman 27. Last year’s winner for private boat was Paul Storey and the Peanuts gang.

Santa will make an appearance and the evening is capped off with what we are assured is ‘WestStar TV’s spectacular fireworks display.’

“We are extremely grateful to our major sponsors who make this possible. Chrissie Tomlinson Memorial Hospital and Fidelity continue to support this great event and new this year are Hurley’s and Diamonds International,” says Monique Hather of Cayman 27.

“We also have WestStar to thank for the fireworks, and Camana Bay for providing the perfect venue.”

Live performances for this family-friendly shindig come from The First Baptist Church Sanctuary Choir and Suite Elite.

Quick facts

Takes place from 6 to 8pm Saturday, 1 December 1st, The Crescent, Camana Bay

There will be plenty of parking in both parking lots and garages, as well as the Limestone lot and the lot near the Arts and Recreation Centre.

Twelve local vendors will showcase jewellery, local food, mini donuts, light up toys, handmade soaps and Indian cuisine. WestStar will be handing out glow sticks to the first 1,000 attendees.

Dock space is limited and boaters will need wristbands to gain access to the docks during the event. The space is available first come, first served and those interested need to visit the Camana Bay Discovery Centre on Friday, 30 November to collect wristbands.

The Camana Bay canal will close to the public from 6 to 8pm on Saturday, 1 December.

Residents are encouraged to get there early to secure a prime viewing spot for the parade and to enjoy the festive atmosphere and that Camana Bay has to offer. At the base of the Observation Tower (the First Aid area), visitors with children can get a wristband to write their parents’ contact number on in the case of separation. This is a service that Camana Bay is offering.

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