Disney has its Electric Light Parade and Cayman has its Parade of Lights. It just makes sense that on a Caribbean island, boats make great floats – get it?
For a number of years now, the local public has gathered in great numbers at Camana Bay to witness this festive sight. From large dive boats to small private vessels, they all move slowly around the Camana Bay harbour, resplendent with lights and colourful characters eager to grab the attention of the judges.
It is not unheard of for special guest performances to be witnessed as well; for example, a LED flyboard professional has been known to show off his skills, including backflips and other acrobatics.
This year’s Parade of Lights will be held on Saturday, 7 Dec. starting at 6pm, but it is certainly recommended to get to the event early so you can scout out a good vantage point. Luckily, the boats cover a wide area, offering a great view to anyone by the waterfront.
The event is free to all. Family and friends of all ages can enjoy live entertainment and a Christmas market before the parade begins.
As if all of this wasn’t enough, the evening culminates with a spectacular firework display. There will also be a special visit from Santa and photo booths to capture those special moments.
It is free for the vessels to take part in the parade and all boats are welcome. Free lights are also distributed, courtesy of Camana Bay. The two best decorated boats will each win $2,000 cash. This year’s theme is ‘Christmas Treats’, which should inspire a lot of imaginative ideas when it comes to decorating. Maybe boats will be sporting gingerbread men, candy canes or sugar plums. Judging will focus on creativity, use of colour and overall impression.
Even if boats don’t want to compete, they can still participate in the flotilla.
The Parade of Lights has become a highly anticipated event for all and is a firm favourite on the holiday calendar. In recognition of its 45th anniversary, Cayman National is the new title sponsor of this hallmark night, in partnership with Hurley’s Production Ltd., and has rebranded the event the Cayman National Parade of Lights, complete with a new festive logo.
At 6pm on the Crescent, the live performances will begin. The schedule features the UCCI Pandemix Steel Pan Band, Dreamchasers Cayman Dance Group and the First Baptist Church Choir. Santa and his sleigh will be available for photographs outside the Cayman National branch, together with a Christmas craft market along the waterfront at Camana Bay.
Attendees can receive a copy of the highly anticipated Cayman National 2020 calendar which has become a collector’s item for all. DJ Marz will be playing tunes throughout the evening until late and there will be plenty of pop-up bars in addition to the many bars and restaurants within the Crescent.