Buccaneers are ready to set sail for Cayman Brac this weekend for the kick-off of the national festival.
Pirates Festival committee chair Melanie McField said preparations are well under way to stage the Cayman Brac leg of the national festival, which begins with a happy hour on Friday at Captain’s Table, starting at 5pm.
She said special emphasis has been placed on highlighting the heritage traditions on Cayman Brac.
“Heritage Day at Heritage House starts at 10am and will feature traditional arts and crafts, as well as a kid’s zone. We will have arts and crafts vendors and live music,” she said.
The Layman E. Scott High School steel pan band as well as Musical Crew, with performers Irving Hernandez and Johnny Johnson, are set to provide entertainment for the festivities.
A team of 10 Pirates Week buccaneers are heading over to Cayman Brac for the festival.
McField said the Cayman Brac district committee is in a rebuilding phase and all efforts are being made to ensure the success of the festival on the larger sister island.
Lead volunteer for Cayman Brac Heritage Day Amber Tatum agreed, saying that ensuring the success of the festival on the bigger sister island is a priority.
“I think that the Sister Islands should have a bit of the exposure as Grand Cayman has with the festivities. It brings in an opportunity for fun, fantasy and folklore. It is about being imaginative for that weekend,” Tatum said.
She said excitement is building for the float parade. This year’s theme is ‘Shipwrecked’, and the Public Works Department and the Ministry of District Administration are working on a “top secret” creation for Saturday’s parade.
Tatum said all spots for the arts and crafts vendors have been taken, but there are still some places available for food vendors.
“If anyone is interested, they can contact the committee,” she said.
McField added that, as with the Grand Cayman festival, the Cayman Brac leg will carry a green message.
“We have encouraged vendors to use eco-friendly products. We are doing a beach clean-up in Little Cayman as part of the festivities. We encourage all vendors on all three islands to use bio-degradable products,” McField said.
She said she was encouraged by the response so far as a number of the flights to the Brac this weekend are already fully booked.
The festivities culminate with a fireworks display Saturday night and an after-party at Coral Isle.
For more information, contact Amber Tatum on 925-4624 or email [email protected]
Schedule of events
Fri., 1 Nov. 5-9pm: Happy hour, Captain’s Table, South Side
9pm-2am: Official kick-off party, La Esperanza, Watering Place
Sat., 2 Nov. 10am-3pm: Pirates Week Heritage Day, Heritage House, North East Bay
3.30-5pm: Float parade, Heritage House starting point
8-8.15pm: Fireworks display, Coral Isle Club, South Side
8.30pm-midnight: After party, Coral Isle Club, South Side
Sun., 3 Nov. Noon-3pm Pirates farewell lunch, La Esperanza, Watering Place