Pirates streamed into George Town on Saturday to “take over the harbor” in their annual show of swashbuckling and swordplay.
Despite the conspicuous absence of their mother ship, the Jolly Roger – which is in dry dock for repairs – the pirates carried on from a smaller vessel. As has become de rigueur, many in the crowd were decked out in wench and pirate costumes.
Among the pirates who “took” the harbor were the resident Bloody Bay Buccaneers, and visiting swashbucklers, including “Edward Teach,” otherwise known as “Blackbeard.” To the delight of locals and tourists, there was much action and interaction to see before a “truce” was called in time for the float parade to pass through George Town.
The floats included a pirate ship, complete with “Captain Jack Sparrow” at the helm; a steel pan float with musicians enthusiastically beating out tunes; and The Rolling Calf float, featuring a larger-than-life bull glaring at revelers.
The West Bay District Committee took overall top honors in the float competition.
Those in the parade happily posed with people in the crowd as they danced along the street, drawing applause for their outfits.
“I was really impressed with the costumes,” said visitor from Montreal Gary Johnston, who was enjoying his first Pirates Week with his wife and sons. “The music and floats gave the whole thing a great atmosphere, it was terrific! We’ve been meaning to come down for Pirates Week for a number of years now, and we’re finally here.”
Some folk headed home straight after the parade to get changed for the street dance Saturday night, while others stayed right through until evening. Crowds also oohed and ahhed at the fireworks Friday night, which followed the 5K road race earlier in the evening.
Float parade results
District: West Bay, first, George Town Heritage Committee, second, East End Heritage Committee, third.
General: Credit Union – Ocean of Possibility, large float category; Lions Club of Grand Cayman, walking group category
Youth and School: East End Primary School, first, St. Ignatius, second.