Youngsters are encouraged to get into the carnival spirit with this year’s Junior Batabano.
The event, which includes a family fun day, takes place on Saturday.
More than 200 children from local schools and youth groups are already signed up to join in the colorful parade, which kicks off at 3 p.m. The parade is scheduled to wind its way from the old Glass House on Elgin Avenue to Shedden Road. From there, the parade will veer right to the harbor front, then right again onto Fort Street, then right again onto Edward Street, finally returning back to the Glass House.
The theme for this year’s parade is Neverland, so spectators can expect to see a host of Neverland-themed characters, including Tinkerbell, crocodiles, the Lost Children, indians, parrots and merpeople.
Groups will vie for a host of prizes, including Best Junior Band and Spirit of Batabano.
The family fun day is held before the parade, starting at 1 p.m. The event will offer a host of activities, including face painting, mask decorations, henna painting and a ball toss. There will also be ample drinks and snacks available for purchase.
It all culminates with a Teen Jam at 7 p.m. at the South Sound Community Centre, where teens will have the opportunity to take part in a dance competition to win prizes from FLOW.
“Cayman Carnival Junior Batabano will appeal to both adults and kids,” WendyAnn George, Junior Batabano coordinator, said. “For the parents who do not want to take their kids to the adult parade, here is the opportunity to enjoy family fun with their kids in a safe environment. We hope to see as many spectators as possible lining the streets on Saturday to cheer the children along as they parade and show off their choreographed dances.”
Junior Batabano is part of Cayman Carnival Batabano, the Cayman Islands national carnival.
Named after the tracks left in the sand by sea turtles as they crawl onto the beach to nest, Batabano is typically held during the first week of May and is a vibrant highlight of the yearly entertainment calendar. Initially launched in 1983 by the Rotary Club of Grand Cayman, the event has grown to encompass a host of fringe events in addition to the original adult parade, this year slated for May 7.
Junior Batabano was introduced in 2002 and has grown from a small program that preceded the adult parade to its very own one-day event.
For more information, visit caymancarnival.com.