If you haven’t got yer boots on maties, it’s now or never! The pirates are coming for 10 days of robust revelry with entertainment, events, grub and grog to keep a swab busy for many a day and night. The fun begins just before sunset on Thursday, Nov. 7 and carries through until the moon rises on Sunday, Nov. 17. Then the sails will be hoisted and the scalawags will go with the tide to parts unknown.
Pirates Week can be split into four parts – the pre-Pirates Week celebrations, the first weekend, the district days week, and the final weekend. Make sure you study the schedule well, and circle all your favorites so you don’t miss a moment of the action. From fireworks to the float parade and cannons to the Cardboard Boat Race, there is something to entertain the whole family, arrrgh…
The pre-Pirates Week celebrations
Whether you fancy a bit of steel pan music, a jog along the street, or a night of rum indulgence, it’s all on the calendar for the first few days. Cheer on your favorites at the steel pan competition on Harbor Drive, or join in the party festivities at Cayman Cabana and The Wharf Restaurant and Bar. No matter where you are, you’ll have a great view of the sea and music in your ears to get your boots a-tapping.
You can join in the 5K event on Friday, Nov. 8 and then gather the family for fireworks and live music that same night. It’s a great way to kick off the week.
The first weekend
There will be no rest for the wicked, me hearties, as after a fantastic night on the Friday, all pirates young and old must head to George Town on Saturday, Nov. 9, for the Pirates Landing and the float parade. Watch as the swashbucklers take the town with great pomp and circumstance, and then watch out for the decorated floats as they slowly make their way along the roads to delight one and all.
Later that night is the first street dance, where hungry and thirsty marauders can take a break from swordfighting to enjoy some local grub and dance the evening away under the stars.
Underwater treasure hunters should try their luck at Divetech in West Bay on the Sunday to see if they can win some doubloons, triploons or even quadraploons!
The district days week
Drive out to the districts to see what makes them tick, while you chow down on some fine Cayman Islands cuisine. There will be games for the kids and great music for the adults. Well worth a look, particularly on Friday, Nov. 15 at East End, where the soca queen herself, Alison Hinds, will be the main event on stage with supporting artists. Definitely not to be missed.
The final weekend
Get a good spot in town to see the always-hilarious Cardboard Boat Race on Saturday, Nov. 16. Would-be sailors take to the high seas in crafts made of nowt but cardboard and tape. Who will win and live to tell the tale? It’s anybody’s race until the water connects with that absorbent material.
Stick around in the Islands’ capital for the final street dance of the festival, and then join in the Jerry Harper 10K Run, the Mike Lockwood Swim Meet, or the Mickey Mouse Darts Tournament on Sunday, Nov. 17 to see Pirates Week out with a bang.