Time for buccaneers and wenches to band together for the 39th annual Pirates Week Festival, dubbed this year as the “Age of Romance.”
It seems that a pirate and the daughter of the governor have fallen in love and despite all the usual objections to their courtship, they simply cannot resist the forces that pull them together. What happens at the end of the story?
You’ll have to attend the Pirates Week Landing on Nov. 12. Here are some of the highlights of the festival this year. For the full schedule, you can visit the Pirates Week website, which has lots of other information and suggestions to ensure you make the most of this annual celebration.
Little Cayman celebrations
The smaller of the Sister Islands may be little, but she’s fierce, and she certainly will not be left out of a good time.
If you’re a huge Pirates Week fan, you’ll want to take in all the events, and that means making a trip to Little Cayman this weekend.
There is a kick-off dance and fireworks at McCoy’s Lodge on Friday, followed by a float parade, costume competition, dance and fireworks on Saturday, and finally, the Pirates Farewell Lunch on Sunday featuring a pool side barbecue.
Fly over and join in the fun!
Happy Hour and Kick-Off Party
Head to Margaritaville for the happy hour from 5:30-9 p.m., making sure to drink in the melodic sounds of Pan In De City on Harbour Drive from 7-9 p.m., before beating a path to The Wharf, which sponsors the opening night party every year. Pirates can dance the night away until 2 a.m.
Fireworks and Street Dance
A large percentage of the population makes its way to George Town every year for the first Friday night of Pirates Week. What’s not to love? There is a 5K for the fitness fanatics among us, the Miss Festival Queen competition, a very impressive fireworks display at 8:30 p.m. that lights up Hog Sty Bay, and then the Street Dance along Harbour Drive.
Mouth-watering local dishes are on sale all night, so if you have a hankering for jerk this or curried that, this is the place to be.
Get your Saturday shopping done early, because at 1 p.m. food vendors will be set up along Shedden Road, off Harbour Drive, ready to feed revelers in town for the Landing Pageant. The pre-landing entertainment starts at 2 p.m., and at 3 p.m. the Jolly Roger comes into town laden with Pirates ready to “take” the capital. After much swordplay and “arrrrrrrr”-ing, it’s time for the Float Parade on Harbour Drive and the Street Dance until midnight.
Children’s Fun Fair
Take the kids to the “castle” for the afternoon. Pedro St. James is ground zero for family activities from noon to 4 p.m.
“Soaked” Wet Fete, BT Heritage Day
The Pirates Week Monday has been typically quiet over the years, focusing on Bodden Town Heritage Day. This year, however, there is lots going on. The “Soaked” Wet Fete on Harbour Drive starts at 12:01 a.m. (yes, a.m. – not a misprint) and goes until 4 a.m. before the sun considers coming up.
Then the 5K Sea Swim at Grand Cayman Beach Suites begins at 7:30 a.m. If anyone’s got any energy left, they should swing by Bodden Town – specifically the Harry McCoy Park and Gun Square Avenue – for the former capital of the Cayman Islands’ district day.