Ahoy maties! It’s that time of year again to clip on an eye patch and get your parrot and cutlass out of storage – Pirates Week has arrived.

The next 10 days will be filled with pirates, pyrotechnics and parades.

Organizers have a full 10 days of events, kicking off Thursday, Nov. 10, with the annual Pan in de City steel pan competition at the George Town waterfront and the official kick-off party at The Wharf.

The next 10 days will be filled with pirates, pyrotechnics and parades. The annual Heritage Day celebrations will be held across the districts through next week.

Police said there will be a number of road closures, mainly on and around the waterfront, this week and through the weekend. Drivers are advised to avoid the waterfront.

Miss Festival Queen

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On Friday, the big event will be the Miss Festival Queen Competition along Harbour Drive, starting at 7:15, followed by fireworks starting around 8:30. A street dance along the waterfront is scheduled to go until 2 a.m.

Mona Lisa Meade, with the organizing committee, said the Festival Queen contest is open to young women ages 16 and up. “Each district elects a young lady as its representative and everyone works to together to design a costume,” she said in an email.

“This year’s Pirates Week Festival theme is ‘Age of Romance’ and costumes will be judged on their design as it relates to that theme. Other areas of adjudication include authenticity, stage presentation, use of Caymanian products and design detail,” she said.

The winner will lead Friday’s parade and win $500.

Pirates’ landing

The battle, and its forgone conclusion, starts on Saturday with the invasion of the pirates and the inevitable capture of the governor. The waterfront party on Saturday is expected to kick off at 2 p.m. and keep going until midnight.

Open water swim

The 36th annual Pirates Week 5K open water swim is set for 7 a.m. Monday at Governors Beach.

Cayman Islands Amateur Swimming Association president Michael Lockwood said the long-distance swim is a challenging event, but will have some notable swimmers.

“We are delighted that Emily Brunemann and Sean Ryan, open water swimmers who have been on the U.S. National Open Water Team since 2008, will be here for the 5K,” he said.

For the full schedule of events, see www.piratesweekfestival.com.

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