Batabano took to the streets on May 5, and now CayMAS is ready to bring the Carnival to Cayman two weeks later. From Friday through the holiday Monday, revelers can envelope themselves in a sea of feathers and festivities with fireworks and live entertainment topping the bill.
CayMAS Pan Explosion
It all starts at 6 p.m. with a fantastic Friday on George Town’s waterfront, filled with the sounds of musical competition. Steel pans ring out on the streets at an event hosted by the steel pan legend himself, Earl La Pierre, culminating in the selection of the Steel Pan Band winner. After the winner has been announced, the crowd can turn their faces to the sky to watch a spectacular firework display at 8:30 p.m. This is followed by the Soca Monarch and Flaunt Fete, showcasing the Caribbean’s best soca DJs until the early hours of Saturday morning.
Breakfast, Brunch and Parade
Saturday kicks off at 9 a.m. with the Chicken Run Breakfast Fete at Mango Tree for $10 and Cabana’s Brunch Fete at Cayman Cabana, serving up Caribbean staples of ackee and salt fish, callaloo, fried dumplings and all the fixings. You’ll need food in your belly to sustain you through the parade and AfterMAS party to follow.
At 1 p.m., it is time for the main event – the highly anticipated CayMAS Masquerade Street Parade that makes its way from downtown George Town to Seven Mile Public Beach. There will be dancing and music for nearly seven miles as intricately detailed costumes move to the rhythms, courtesy of the CayMAS Bands: Swanky, Iconz, Kalabbra, Chicken Run, Hurley’s Group, Quinntessential Movement, Ryde by Renegade, Pirates Week, Island Taste and Liquid Ice. If you are not part of the parade, then line the streets and dance along with them as they pass.
Then, when the parade ends at the beach, the party officially begins with Swanky’s AfterMAS Fete. Street food and music is the order of the evening from sunset to midnight; it’s a soca beach party!
After two big days in a row, it is only natural to want to relax on the water. Sign up for the Soakin’ Boat Cruise, starting at 10 a.m. Tickets are $25 with a cash bar on board. Bring your swimsuit, your sunblock and your smile.
Assuming you aren’t face down in bed, you can surely make it for one last event on Monday? Starting at midnight and going until 6 a.m. on Monday morning (no, that isn’t a misprint), the party takes you to sunrise with a bang. Then perhaps it will be time to go home and get some rest before Tuesday comes around. Tickets are $20 for general admission and $25 at the gate.
What is CayMAS Carnival?
The focus of CayMAS Carnival is to promote and develop the heart of carnival time in the Cayman Islands by embracing all aspects of Caymanian and regional heritage and culture. From the music of soca to the steel pan performances, creativity of costume making and design and freedom of expression that comes from ‘Jumpin’ In,’ CayMAS Carnival engages its audience in many different ways.
For tickets for events, visit www.eventpro.ky. Learn more about CayMAS at www.caymas.ky.