Editorial for 11 February: Say farewell to Mardi Gras

Ash Wednesday will see the final hoorah of
Mardi Gras at Kaibo in North Side.

For 14 years, revellers have trekked to
Kaibo to party for 12 hours to music, food and drink.

In the early days it was novel and fun.

In the past few years, it has become
somewhat scary, causing the owners to bring in guards with dogs and put up

While there have been skirmishes amongst
revellers at the event in the past few years, nothing major has happened in the
way of injury and law breaking. But frankly, it was just a matter of time.

The good folk at Kaibo say they are doing
away with the event to cater more to their local and familiar clientele. We
applaud their decision.

Not only is Mardi Gras at Kaibo a frenzied
event for the 3,000 or so participants, it has also become an intrusion for the
people who live and visit in the homes around the event.

And before the decision was made to bus
people to Mardi Gras from a grassy parking spot on Rum Point Road, the event
proved a nightmare for emergency vehicles that had to respond to incidents at
or near the yacht club.

We applaud Daniel Petts and Claire
Pettinati for making the difficult decision that no doubt will disappoint many.

Ash Wednesday is officially the first day
of lent. Mardi Gras means Fat Tuesday and refers to only one day; the day
before lent begins.

In most parts of the world Mardi Gras is a
family event, but many people the world over take the opportunity of Mardi Gras
to overindulge to the highest extent.

While this will be the last year for Kaibo
to host all things Mardi Gras, it is a sure bet that the roads going to North
Side will be busy. Revellers must remember that members of the Royal Cayman
Islands Police Service have dedicated themselves to making the roadways of the
Cayman Islands safer.

So if you’re one of those who will take
Mardi Gras as an excuse to overindulge in food and drink, make sure you have a
safe mode of transportation back home from the party.