The music was pumping and spirits were high at Cayman Brac’s homegrown Carnival held over the long Discovery Day weekend.
The festivities included parties and a colorful parade with hundreds of revelers, organized for the fourth year by the enthusiastic volunteers who make up the Braccanal Committee.
The weekend began on Friday with a motivational assembly held at the Layman E. Scott High School.
Committee member Olujimi LaPierre and Fresh Carnival Committee member Michael Lemay spoke to the youth about following their dreams and recounted personal stories of their accomplishments.
“It’s not just about Carnival for us,” said committee member Nickeah Esteban. “We, as a committee, want to highlight Cayman Brac as a tourist destination, give back to our community and also motivate the youth to keep pushing towards their dreams.
“We firmly believe that hard work does pay off and dreams can come true!”
A ‘Wet Fete’ at La Esperanza kicked off the festivities, where hundreds of revelers danced the night away to soca music from a variety of DJs.
Water truck deliveries every hour kept it wet, and drinks were provided by event sponsors Jacques Scott Wines & Spirits, getting everyone in the mood for Saturday’s parade.
This year the parade took a new route along the south side of the island, beginning at Cayman Brac Beach Resort and ending at Public Beach, where food vendors offered local dishes to hungry participants.
Three floats, two for the Braccanal Committee and the other for a local Mas band, CRAZE Carnival featuring Grand Cayman’s DJ Omar, kept the crowd in the party mood.
Organizers noted that the bright and beautiful costumes from CRAZE Carnival Mas Band were designed by Canadian designers Latoya Alis and Elka Graham, and the Cayman Islands AIDS Foundation showcased their King Costume on the road, worn by Noel Cayasso-Smith, and handed out giveaways to bystanders.
On the Braccanal Committee’s float, music was provided by DJ Ryan, DJ Lin, DJ Pabie and DJ Von, and the section’s more than 400 revelers flooded the streets in their orange and pink Carnival shirts.
This year’s shirt design was the result of a collaboration between the Braccanal Committee and graphic artist Rachelle Rivers.
A road performance by local artist Lisani Sambula, also known as “ThaDudeFeev,” reportedly took the parade to another level, as revelers sang along to the music and danced with him on the road.
After the parade, the fun continued into the night at the “Rum Can’t Done” Party at Coral Isle Club.
On Sunday, the Braccanal Committee hosted the annual Cooler Fete, the final fete for the Braccanal weekend.
“We are so happy to see everyone enjoying themselves, and this is why we as a committee work so hard,” said committee member Ventisha Conolly. “We have been getting so much positive feedback from our revelers, sponsors and bystanders and we have already started working towards Braccanal 2017.”
The committee expressed their gratitude for the support of the participants and numerous organizations and sponsors.
The Braccanal committee members are Caitlin Connor, Cedric Gidarisingh, Craig Connor, Deanira Brown, Della Dilbert, Elisha McKeever, Javen Parchman, Jeffery Parchman, Lindsey-Ann Connolly, Leanna Anderson, Mirta Walton, Nickeah Esteban, Omar Fray, Sheldon Scott, Tashara Lewis, Ventisha Conolly and Yvonne “Mousie” McField.