Revelers celebrated the end of an invasion Saturday, as swashbucklers were sentenced for crimes committed during Pirates Week 2015.
Two new events were held this year. A “pooch parade” Saturday morning showcased the best in puppy-pirate chic and raised funds for the Cayman Islands Humane Society. On Saturday evening, an “Illuminated Parade” allowed each district to show off their floats in a new light.
This year’s cardboard boat race was a particular success, with only one boat sunk (not including those made by Ernst and Young and the Royal Cayman Islands Police, both of which sunk during trials). It was a photo finish, as the MEPCO Vikings and Walker’s baby blue iguana boat were neck and neck, but MEPCO was declared victorious.
Walkers came in second and third with their baby blue iguana boat, and a big blue iguana boat, and they also won the award for best design.
Sunrise Adult Training Center, competing in their Chinese-inspired “Dragon Lady” boat, won the award for best team spirit. The planning department of the Cayman Islands Government competed with a boat designed to look like a paddle steamer, complete with working paddle wheels, but seemed to have some steering issues as the team came in second to last.
Last place went to the team from Cayman Islands Beach Suites, which called themselves the “Cayman Island’s Bobsled Team.” The team was just a few feet from shore when their boat sunk, and they took home the title of “best sinking.”
Saturday’s events culminated with a huge fireworks show that lit up Hog Sty Bay.