Thousands flock to 'Parade of Lights'

Thousands flock to

Epic Divers and The Beachcomber condominiums were the winners of Cayman 27’s Parade of Lights, held in the Camana Bay harbor on Saturday night. 

Thousands of people lined The Crescent along to the Festival Green, jockeying for position to get the best view of the participating vessels. 

Epic Divers’ Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer-themed 36-foot Newton featured many of the main characters from the popular claymation tale, with some of the costumes and props constructed from recycled wood, trash bags, cardboard and old clothing. It won the large boat category cash prize and trophy. 

It could be said that Epic won by a nose, as not only was it a close race, but “EPIC Journey” was led through the water by Rudolph himself on its bow, complete with glowing red nose. 

The Beachcomber’s Larson Bowrider went with a “Let it Snow” theme. The boat was festooned with “snowflakes” of various sizes; green lights covering its hull, and “Let it Snow” in large red cursive letters over the bow. There were 12 boats in all, with seven entrants in the large boat category and four in the small boat competition. There was also a showing from the Cayman Turtle Farm as a sponsor vessel, with bright green turtles from bow to stern. 

A number of the boats chose the story of the Grinch as their theme, yet there was still a nice variety of creative designs presented to the crowd and judges. Everything from “The Polar Express” to “Bruce the friendly shark,” “Cinderella” and “Frozen Wonderland” were bought to life in multi-colored light displays. After the winners were announced at around 8:15 p.m., the fireworks began. 

Fireworks light up the sky as gaily decorated boats delight spectators during the annual Parade of Lights at Camana Bay on Saturday night. - PHOTO: STEPHEN CLARKE

Fireworks light up the sky as gaily decorated boats delight spectators during the annual Parade of Lights at Camana Bay on Saturday night. – PHOTO: STEPHEN CLARKE

The Beachcomber condos

The Beachcomber condos’ Let It Snow design won the small boats category. – Photo: Taneos Ramsay

Turtles were everywhere on the Cayman Turtle Farm’s entry. – Photo: TANEOS RAMSAY

Turtles were everywhere on the Cayman Turtle Farm’s entry. – Photo: TANEOS RAMSAY

Epic Divers

Epic Divers’ Epic Journey won in the large boat category. – Photo: Taneos Ramsay

A spectacular fireworks display followed the parade of boats.– Photo: Taneos Ramsay

A spectacular fireworks display followed the parade of boats.– Photo: taneos Ramsay

A bird

A bird’s-eye view of the parade. – PHOTO: STEPHEN CLARKE

The crew and passengers of the Reel Deal, feeling a little Grinch-like. - PHOTO: STEPHEN CLARKE

The crew and passengers of the Reel Deal, feeling a little Grinch-like. – PHOTO: STEPHEN CLARKE

A giant Santa keeps an eye on the boats. - PHOTO: STEPHEN CLARKE

A giant Santa keeps an eye on the boats. – PHOTO: STEPHEN CLARKE
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  1. I was there for the 3rd year in a row and it was great. The only problem is I was at the bottom of the stairs by the water. The speakers are turned toward the buildings so if you are sitting by the water you can not hear the descriptions of the boats and any other announcements. Maybe next year one of the speakers could be turned toward the water

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