Pirates invade George Town

Pirates week 2013


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.  

Copy of Pirates week 2013

“Gunpowder Wes,” who was part of Saturday’s parade, is a fixture in the Cayman Islands’ pirate scene. More coverage inside: Photos from all of the opening festivities on pages 6 and 7, and the Pirates Week 5K run on page 14. – PHOTO: CHRIS COURT


  1. ARRR, I regret that Debbie and I will miss the festivities this year. Last year was great. We did the West end Treasure dive. We found a submarine trip which is a must do when you are there. I highly recommend this event for everyone.

  2. The pirates invasion was great fun as always.

    But those explosive charges thrown into the water are so loud they can cause hearing damage.

    They could be half as loud and still be effective.

    Please click Agree below if you agree.

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