Miss Festival Queen replaced by best national costume

Miss Festival Queen 2017 Tracey Barnes-Fagan, center, with four of the 2018 competitors in the National Costume Competition.

There will be no Miss Festival Queen crowned at this year’s Pirates Week Festival. Instead, a new competition to find the best national costume is being introduced, organizers said.

The five districts of Grand Cayman will compete in the District Heritage Ambassador Costume Competition, which will be held on the main stage on Harbour Drive at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 10.

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The competition is open to young women and men, ages 15 and older. It aims to showcase Caymanian culture through design.

Each District Committee elects an ambassador as its representative and everyone works together to design a costume. In previous years, Festival Queens represented their respective districts, and their costumes were often in line with the theme of each year’s festival.

The theme of this year’s Pirates Week Festival is “Celebrating the Seas,” with the sub-theme “Pirates against Plastic.”

Organizers said in a press release issued Monday that the costumes “will be judged on their design as it relates to these themes. Other areas of adjudication include authenticity, stage presentation, use of Caymanian products and design detail.”

Last year’s Miss Festival Queen will crown the competition winner, who will receive $500 and lead the Illumination Parade, showing off the district’s winning costume to a crowd of more than 12,000 people.

Contending for the title this year are: Sheila Cortina of West Bay, Jessica Ebanks of North Side, Dea Ramoon of East End, Roseanne Myles of George Town, and Daryl Newell of Bodden Town.