Clad in bandanas, face paint and hooped ear rings, bearded pirates and buxom wenches descended on George Town on Saturday in a swashbuckling display marking Pirates Week.

Hundreds of spectators gathered at Hog Sty Bay for the invasion that signaled the start of the parade. As the Jolly Roger pulled up to the dock, pirates spilled out, cutlasses drawn. Swaggering through the capital, they quickly captured the British Red Coat soldiers, putting them in manacles.

The Jolly Roger crew then led the float parade through the streets as the festivities continued into the evening.

The pirates’ landing was the centerpiece of a weekend of events to launch the annual Pirates Week Festival.

On Thursday, steel pan bands performed on Harbour Drive, followed by a launch party at The Wharf.

Fireworks lit up George Town on Friday night as revelers, many dressed in pirate garb, danced through the streets.

Friday’s festivities also featured a 5K run, won by Dominic Dyer, and the Miss Festival Queen competition, won by Miss West Bay Chante Smith Johnson.

A children’s fun day at Pedro Castle followed on Sunday, while the Bloody Bay Buccaneers pirate group and Captain Jack Sparrow visited the Cayman Islands Hospital to bring some Pirates Week cheer to 8-year-old DeMarco Moore, who missed the festivities because of two operations on a broken leg.

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