Hollywood glamour at Little Cayman Mardi Gras

Residents of Little Cayman got into the spirit of the island’s annual Mardi Gras celebration over the weekend by dressing as stars from the silver screen. 

While Hollywood was celebrating the Oscars on Saturday, residents and visitors on Little Cayman were bringing a little bit of their own movie glamour to the island, with the theme of this year’s event being “A Weekend in Hollywood.”
Scarlett O’Hara, Clark Gable, the casts of “Casablanca” and “The Wizard of Oz,” and a host of other “stars” made an appearance at the fun-filled fundraiser. 

The annual event, which raised $4,000 for the Little Cayman branch of the National Trust, began with a movie-themed costume party at Pirates Point, followed by a float parade, dinner and awards presentations. 

“Participation was fantastic, the island was full, and everyone had a wonderful time,” said Betty Bua-Smith, a National Trust organizer. 

Casey van Eyssen, a Southern Cross Club participant, said she enjoyed the festivities. “It was a lot of fun and everyone participated very nicely. There was some stiff competition among the entrants.” Each year, local businesses and hotels put major efforts into the event. 

In this year’s float parade, Pirates Point took first place in the Resort Division with its Alfred Hitchcock theme, Southern Cross Club came second with its Bollywood theme, while Cayman Beach Resort came in third with its simply Hollywood theme.  

First place in the Residents Division went to Westenders for “The Wizard of Oz,” and second place went to Captain Mike for “Mash.” 

The Mardi Gras king and queen this year were Sydney and Claire Coleman, though the entire Coleman family got in on the act with their “Casablanca”-themed float and were awarded the title “Royal Family.” The theme of their float was “Old Hollywood.” 

Entertainment was provided by local band Wild Knights at Pirate’s Point, where awards were presented for best costumes.  


The Westenders’ ‘Wizard of Oz’ float won first place in the Residents Division.


The Coleman family float had a ‘Casablanca’ theme.


Lara Pullan as King Kong won best costume.