The T-shirts that will be worn by staff, parents and volunteers at this Saturday’s Junior Batabano Street Parade were designed by 15-year-old St. Ignatius student Samruddhi Tagalpallewar, who won the carnival’s annual T-shirt design competition.
The annual competition, sponsored by Cayman National Bank this year, was extended to all schools on Grand Cayman, and there were more than 100 entries from six different schools, organizers said.
“The Junior Batabano T-shirt Competition has been an important creative part of Junior Batabano from its inception, and with Junior Batabano seeing a record participation of some 450 students this year, we are more than grateful and thrilled about CNB’s sponsorship making the production of extra T-shirts possible this year,” said WendyAnn George, Junior Batabano coordinator of the Cayman Carnival Batabano Committee.
The return of George Town Primary
Sponsored by Sagicor Life of the Cayman Islands, George Town Primary School is returning to the Junior Batabano parade this year after a few years’ hiatus.
This year, the school’s costumes have been designed by Reba Dilbert, a local costume designer who has been making the costumes on-site at the school, along with assistance from teachers, parents and students.
Donna Myrie-Stephen, chairwoman of the Cayman Carnival Batabano Committee, which organizes Junior Batabano, said, “We are so excited to have George Town Primary back in Junior Batabano. It’s wonderful to see our local community come together like this for the ongoing preservation of culture and the arts.”
Saturday’s parade takes place on Saturday, April 28, starting at 2 p.m. from the Glass House on Elgin Avenue. Students will then compete in a dance competition and costume display on the Glass House lawns, where each school will compete for the coveted Junior Batabano Band of the Year.
On the same evening, the annual “Teen Glow Party,” for ages 13-17, will take place from 7-10:30 p.m. at the George Town Town Hall.