The Pooch Parade will lead the final weekend for Pirates Week. Cayman’s dogs get their own pirate outfits, replete with tricorn hats and eye patches, for the Saturday morning parade along the waterfront.

“We’ve had phenomenal turnout.”

Pirate-themed events will continue through the day with the food festival, Cardboard Boat Race, Illumination Night Parade, fireworks and street festival.

Organizers said they do not expect the weather, predicted to be windy with rough seas, to impact the festivities.

Graham Rankine, the pyrotechnics expert for the week, said as long as the winds stay from the east and northeast, the fireworks will go on. Saturday’s fireworks show is scheduled for 8 p.m.

Mona Meade, senior executive officer with Pirates Week, said the cardboard boat race will definitely go ahead, even if the protected race area in the harbor is a little rougher than usual.

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“We do have a prize for who sinks the best, so the weather shouldn’t be a problem,” she said with a laugh.

Ms. Meade said she was proud of the large group of volunteers who come together to pull off Pirates Week every year. “We’ve really met the mark this year,” she said.

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Melanie McField, Pirates Week executive director, said the first part of the week has been a success. She did not have exact numbers for pirates and the pirate-minded who have attended the events so far.

“We’ve had phenomenal turnout,” she said, estimating that this year’s events have had the highest numbers yet.

She said Saturday has her two favorite events: The Pooch Parade and the Illumination Night Parade, which Ms. McField helped start last year.


  • North Side Heritage Day, Water Key Public Park (next to Kaibo Restaurant), 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. (Fireworks at 8 p.m.)

  • Pirate Pooch Parade, Harbour Drive, 9-10:30 a.m.
  • Caybrew Cardboard Boat Race, Hog Sty Bay, 2:30-5 p.m.
  • Food Festival, Royal Bank of Canada and Kirk Freeport parking lots, Shedden Road, 2 p.m. to midnight
  • ‘Illumination’ Night Parade, Harbour Drive, 7 p.m.
  • Teen Up, Teen Street Dance, Goring Avenue, 7-11 p.m.
  • Fireworks, Harbour Drive, 8 p.m.
  • Street Dance Finale and Food Festival, Harbour Drive, 8:15 p.m. to midnight.Sunday
  • ‘To Hell and Back’ 10K Run/Walk, Seven Mile Beach,
    7 a.m.
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