Districts get ready to celebrate Pirates Week Heritage Days

East End Heritage Committee chairman Kendal Connor, right, and workers re-thatch a roof of an outdoor kitchen for Friday. - Photo: Jewel Levy

Each year, Cayman’s districts showcase their best produce, food, and arts and crafts at the annual Pirates Week Festival Heritage Days, and this year will be no exception.

East End, the first district to hold its Heritage Day this year, is getting ready to shine on Friday, Nov. 2.

On Thursday, volunteers were busy re-thatching an old-time, outside kitchen, giving a stage a fresh coat of paint, and getting the East End Heritage Field all spruced up for the big day.

Chairman of the East End Heritage Committee Kendal Connor said volunteers were out in force getting displays and booths ready, adding that there will be lots of food stalls and demonstrations throughout the day.

The East End Heritage Day will also feature skits by East End primary school students, a kids corner, and plenty of food, including all the local favorites, such as conch and crab dishes, as well as hot dogs, candy and snow cones for the younger attendees.

There will also be displays of artifacts and memorabilia.

Mr. Connor said the Heritage Days are important for Cayman, as they help keep traditions alive.

“If we don’t continue it for the younger generation coming along, it will fade away,” he said.

For the first time in years, the committee will also be bringing back a fireworks display on the water.

There will not be a band this year, Mr. Connor said, but there would be music and a DJ.

Gates open at Heritage Field at 11 a.m. and the festivities will continue until 1 a.m.

Next week, Heritage Days will be held in West Bay on Monday, Nov. 5; North Side on Tuesday, Nov. 6; Bodden Town on Wednesday, Nov. 7; and George Town on Thursday, Nov. 8.

For more information, visit www.piratesweekfestival.com.