Cayman Carnival’s Junior Batabano is celebrating its 15th anniversary this year with a weekend of pageantry and entertainment. On Friday, take in some live steel pan performances, then on Saturday, come out and applaud the children as they parade through George Town on their special day.
Steel band concert
Sponsored by Cayman National Bank, the steel band concert takes place on The Crescent at Camana Bay on Friday, starting at 5:30 p.m. Come and listen to the sweet sounds of steel pans featuring bands from some of Cayman’s primary schools as well as Michael Lemay’s Pan-N-Riddim.
Junior Batabano Street Parade
The Cayman Carnival Batabano Junior Street Parade and Family Fun Day take place on Saturday at the old Glass House government building, with the events starting at 1 p.m. and the parade starting at 3 p.m. Watch the jungle come alive as more than 300 children wind their way from Elgin Avenue to the heart of George Town, showing off beautiful costumes. Bring the family to enjoy lots of games, activities and food at the Family Fun Day. Decorate a mask, win a prize at the ball toss, get your face and hands painted, or take a horse ride. Be amazed by the acrobats and colorful, talented stilt walkers … there is lots to do and see.
Teen Glow Party
The Teen Glow party for ages of 13–17 takes place on Saturday from 7-10:30 p.m. at the South Sound Community Centre. Wear white to truly appreciate the vibe. Free glow items on entrance. There will be a dance-off competition with the winner receiving a phone.
About Junior Batabano
Introduced in 2002, Junior Batabano aims to provide a family friendly environment for Cayman’s youth to enjoy the spirit of carnival by participating in their own parade on the weekend before the adult parade. The parade starts and ends at the old Glass House in town, where the junior masqueraders cross the stage following their parade and perform choreographed dances to the delight of judges, friends and family. The public is encouraged to come out and cheer on these children and applaud their performances.
For more information on these and other Batabano events, visit caymancarnival.com or email [email protected] You can also follow Batabano on Facebook.com/batabanocayman or on instagram.com/batabano_cayman.