Kaibo will hold its last Mardi Gras party this Wednesday, 13 February.
Now in its 14th year, the 12-hour event attracts thousands of revellers. Claire Pettinati, Kaibo owner/manager, said they have chosen to axe the event to focus on more high-end events.
“Kaibo is synonymous with barefoot escapism,” Ms Pettinati said. “Over recent years, regulars come to Kaibo for romantic dining under the stars, fresh locally sourced ingredients, the Michelin starred chef and the finest rare rum selection in the Cayman Islands.
“Mardi Gras at Kaibo has grown into a vastly different event from the early days. Today’s Mardi Gras of over 3,000 party revellers offers a diversely different experience to that offered by Kaibo during the other 364 days of the year.
“Management wants to spend more time giving back to Kaibo’s regular customers who support the beach bar and the upstairs restaurant, as well as focusing on the high end events such as the Luna Del Mar full moon dinners and the Rare Rum Supper Club. Expect to see some exciting and fresh ideas coming your way from the Kaibo side of the island in the coming year.”
The Mardi Gras theme is laissez les bons temps rouler, or let the good times roll. Ms Pettinati said that this year’s event will see a return to the classic Mardi Gras party, with New Orleans influenced entertainment and classic Mardi Gras music playing throughout the day. Confirmed musicians are five-piece band Bonafide as well as Oneworld Entertainment DJs Craig, Natural, Billy Corduroy and Skrelick.
Those wishing to sate their hunger will find plenty of food on offer, including jerk chicken, chicken n’ chips and Cayman style fish soup available to all on the beach.
The upstairs Lounge and Bead Balcony will offer a sumptuous three course lunch for VIP ticket holders, which will be served until 4pm. VIP ticket holders will also get their hands on a limited edition Mardi Gras T-shirt, two free drinks, Mardi Gras goody bag and, last but not least, access to a ton of beads to throw from the upstairs balcony.
As usual, ferry crossings will be available throughout the day, leaving every hour from Safehaven, priced at $10 for a round trip.
“Security is always taken very seriously at Kaibo Mardi Gras and the majority of the budget is spent on security to ensure that customers of Kaibo can party in safety,” Ms Pettinati said. “This year The Security Centre is responsible for the safety staff and mechanisms in place at Mardi Gras.”
She added: “This will be the biggest and greatest Mardi Gras. Kaibo intends to wave goodbye to the event in style.”