Where would pirates be without their wenches? Adrift in a sea of emotions, that’s where, which is why the Festival Queen competition is back for Pirates Week 2016.
This Friday, the public will be heading to George Town for fireworks, food, entertainment and the chance to choose their queen.
Four contestants will be vying for the crown, to be handed over by 2015’s Festival Queen, Anika Conolly. “My costume was a symbol of our history, rich in tradition,” Conolly proudly said of what she wore last year in the parade.
“We are so pleased to be bringing back our Festival Queen competition,” stated Mona Meade of the Pirates Week office. “It is set for 7:15 p.m. on Friday, and the winner will receive a prize of $500 and lead the annual parade on Saturday dressed in the 2016 National Costume.”
Jada Ramoon is representing Bodden Town and Tamika Rankin represents East End. Mellisa Rankine is standing for George Town and Chante Smith Johnson is competing for West Bay.
Of course, with it being arguably one of the biggest nights on the Pirates Week event schedule, the ladies are guaranteed a great turnout for their portion of the program.
Their competition is timed to finish just before the fireworks light up George Town harbor, so it will be a celebration in more ways than one.
The street dance then begins at 9 p.m. and doesn’t finish until 2 a.m. Pirates and wenches are advised to wear their comfortable boogie-ing boots, or they’ll be limping back to their ships in the wee hours of the morn.
Everyone is encouraged to come out and support the Festival Queen event.
Who will win? All will be revealed this Friday.
For more about this and all other Pirates Week events on the schedule, visit www.piratesweekfestival.com.