The Pirates Week Office has pulled the plug on the North Side District Heritage Day events planned for 14 Nov. as part of this year’s national festival.
“We regret that we have had to arrive at such a decision, but this was done after consultation with the relevant stakeholders,” said Pirates Week Executive Director, Melanie McField, in a statement late Thursday.
The announcement comes mere days before the formal kick-off of the Grand Cayman leg of the annual festival on Thursday.
According to the Pirates Week Office statement, the district will not be represented in the float parades or the District Heritage Ambassador Heritage Costume Competition.
“The North Side District Heritage Committee, which is responsible for making the necessary arrangements, has become inactive,” McField said. “As such, we have decided to adjust our calendar rather than hurriedly attempting a haphazard event at this late stage that does not meet the standards that have become associated with the … event,” she said.
North Side MLA Ezzard Miller agreed with the decision to cancel.
“I am understandably disappointed that there will be no Pirates Week events to attract people to the wonderful district of North Side this year. However, having been briefed on the situation, I appreciate that a call had to be made,” Miller said in the statement.
He said he is hopeful that the current situation will elicit some change within the North Side community.
“I am hoping that coming out of this situation, we will be able to attract people with a genuine love of our Caymanian heritage from our district to stand up and be counted to ensure that North Side is represented in all aspects of the national festival going forward,” Miller added.
The remaining events on the Pirates Week calendar remain unchanged. All district days will be held between 11am and 10pm, the statement said.
“The Pirates Week Office, assisted by dedicated volunteers, continues to work with all interested parties to ensure District Days are successful in highlighting Caymanian heritage and bringing enjoyment to those who attend,” McField added.
For the full list of events go to www.piratesweekfestival.com.
District Days schedule
Tuesday, 12 Nov. – East End
Wednesday, 13 Nov. – West Bay
Friday, 15 Nov. – Bodden Town
Saturday, 16 Nov. – George Town