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.