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Pirates Week swim attracts record crowd

A record 64 swimmers took part in this year's Pirates Week 5K sea swim from Governor's Beach.

Avast! Buccaneers be here, mateys!

It would seem it takes more than a pandemic to stop the pirates, as after launching the Grand Cayman festivities at Hard Rock and...

Looking back in time

Everyone talks about the ‘good old days’ when times were simpler. Take a look at this picture from yesteryear and see if you can...

Pirates Week activities postponed due to inclement weather

Due to the forecast rainy, windy weekend ahead, the organisers of Pirates Week have decided to be proactive and postpone related events to 19-24 Nov.

Even without a ship, Cayman pirates take island

Cayman's scalawags brought a revised scenario to their annual Pirates Week landing.

Pirates Ahoy!

Swarms of pirates landed on the shores of Cayman Brac last weekend, with pirate crews Las Tortugas and Bloody Bay Buccaneers bringing three days...

Pirates pillage and plunder on Cayman Brac

The national Pirates Week festival kicked off with the Las Tortugas pirates pillaging Cayman Brac and igniting a festive fever with residents there.

North Side Pirates Week Heritage Day cancelled

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.

Pirates golf tournament raises funds for Meals on Wheels

The annual Pirates Week Charity Golf Classic, held Friday, 26 Oct., at the North Sound Golf Club, raised $1,200 for Meals on Wheels.Fifteen corporate teams took part in the event.

Pirates set to invade Cayman Brac

Buccaneers are ready to set sail for Cayman Brac this weekend for the kick-off of the national festival.

Golf tournament returns to Pirates Week schedule

The Pirates Week Charity Golf Classic will be held on 25 Oct. at North Sound Golf Course, and participants will have an opportunity to contribute to a good cause and win a new car.

Pirates set to invade Honduras Carnival

The Cayman Islands will once again have representation at the Feria Juniana Carnival this weekend in San Pedro Sula, Honduras.

Pirate couple celebrates Batabano

How do you top getting married at Pirates Week? By cheering on the passing parade at Batabano.

Government prize money boosts song competition

The top three winners of this year’s Pirates Week National Song Competition had some extra spending money for Christmas shopping this year. The trio were presented with a combined $10,000 in cash prizes last week.

No leave to appeal for Treasure Island burglar

The Court of Appeal ruled earlier this month that Brandon Reno Liberal will receive no reduction in his five-year prison sentence for burgling Treasure Island Resort in the early hours of Sunday, May 6, 2012.

Barkers cleanup draws 75 volunteers

As much of the island was recovering from Friday night’s Pirates Week kickoff celebration, 75 volunteers spent their Saturday morning combing the beach at Barkers in West Bay to collect more than 500 pounds of trash and recyclables.

Teens arrested following car break-ins

Police arrested two teenagers, aged 18 and 19, following reports of four vehicles being broken into in downtown George Town during the Pirates Week festivities over the weekend.

PFL/GPFL Weekly Review: St. Ignatius boys take full points in West Bay

With Pirates Week activities in full swing, schools took to the fields Saturday to participate in the sixth round of games in the 2018 CUC Primary Football League and Girls’ Primary Football League regular seasons.

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Newlyweds ‘abducted’ by pirates

A new bride had a close encounter with Cayman’s pirates on Saturday. Inspired by the desire to do something unconventional for his wedding day, groom Ben Jones organized a surprise kidnapping of bride Sharon Hong.

Pirates pillage, party in Cayman

Scores of privateers and marauders flooded the streets of downtown George Town in search of plunder and booty Saturday in the marquee event of Grand Cayman’s annual Pirates Week celebration.

Pirates Week road closures

As the Pirates Week festivities for Grand Cayman get under way, a number of roads and junctions in downtown George Town will be closed.

Pirates plan a plastic-free festival

Cayman’s Tourism Attraction Board is making a pitch to make this year’s Pirates Week Festival a more eco-friendly one with its Pirates Against Plastic campaign.

Pirates Week road closures announced

As the Pirates Week festivities for Grand Cayman get under way, a number of roads and junctions in downtown George Town will be closed.

Miss Festival Queen replaced by best national costume

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.

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EDITORIAL – Pirates Week: Yo ho ho. Ready set go …

Ahoy readers! Steel yourselves for fireworks, food, music and – yar – an invasion of buccaneers and scurvy scallywags from near and abroad. Pirates Week, the national festival of the Cayman Islands, is upon us.

Districts get ready to celebrate Pirates Week Heritage Days

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.

Pirates Week brings buccaneers to all three islands

In 1977, after a very long absence, pirates once again landed on the shores of Grand Cayman, zealously disembarking their ships and trawling the streets of George Town, swords raised.

Jolly Roger to miss Pirates Week

The Jolly Roger pirate ship will not be making an appearance at this year’s Pirates Week festivities. Instead, the ship’s usual duties of bringing a gang of marauding pirates into Hog Sty Bay for the Pirates’ Landing will fall to a vessel called Big Island Schooner.

Letter: Items trigger fond memories of Cayman

The children who gave me their art are all grown up now, but I am writing this letter from far away to tell them how much joy their gift has given me and what wonderful memories of Cayman it still triggers in me after all these years.

Cayman’s most memorable photos of 2017

From hurricane hunting to a visiting boxing legend to soca on the streets of George Town, Cayman experienced another colorful, eventful year.

Pirates invade Little Cayman

Pirates stormed Cayman Brac at the Nov. 4 weekend, turned their sights on Grand Cayman over the long holiday weekend that started on Nov. 11, and last weekend was the turn of Little Cayman, which got the final taste of this year’s Pirates Week swashbuckling and marauding.

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Buccaneer bacchanal besets George Town

Fearsome pirates, salty seadogs and gun-toting wenches invaded George Town harbor Saturday in a swashbuckling display to celebrate Pirates Week in the Cayman Islands.

‘Jaws’ snatches cardboard boat race victory

A tub stuffed with mermaids, an errant bottle and a sort-of floating banana were among the naval vessels battling it out at Saturday’s cardboard boat race in Hog Sty Bay, a tradition of Pirates Week.

Pirates Week Winners

Pirates Pooch Parade Winners Best Personality: Olivia Lomas’ English Bulldog, Mr. Chubbs Best Duo: Verity Radford’s Pit bull, Moonbeam Best Costume: Rhonda Maydanski’s Labradoodle, Hershey Door prize was...

Raiding History: Locals create authentic pirate look

Few things excite a pirate like sunken treasure. John “Dry Rot” Ferguson holds up a ring with an open-web design and a glittering stone. “This tiger-eye ring I found in eight feet of water in Smith’s Cove."

Pirates Week hits the big 4-0

It’s hard to believe that Pirates Week is turning 40 this year. When you look back at the media archives from the early days, you see the beginnings of what would become one of the Cayman Islands’ premier annual festivals, bringing wannabe swashbucklers from far and wide to these shores.

Road closures begin Thursday

A number of roads in downtown George Town will be closed from Thursday to accommodate the Pirates Week festivities and a law enforcement recruitment drive.

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Queens named for Pirates Week

Four young women will be taking part in the annual Pirates Week Festival Queen Costume competition this weekend. The contest will take place Friday at 7:15 p.m, at Harbour Drive. The evening will also feature a fireworks display at the harborfront at 8:30 p.m.

Pirates take over Cayman Brac

Pirates of all ages invaded Cayman Brac over the weekend as part of the annual Pirates Week celebrations.

Pirates to invade Brac this weekend

Pirates Week activities begin this weekend on Cayman Brac when pirates and wenches will invade the island for some swashbuckling fun.

Tourism board says Pirates Week changes may be ‘temporary’

Changes approved for Pirates Week in its 40th iteration this year may be a “one time only” experiment, according to the head of the Cayman Islands Tourism Attraction Board.

Pirates Week shortened to five days

The annual Pirates Week festival, held in Cayman since 1977, is getting a face-lift as it marks its 40th iteration this year.

Team RSM wins Pirates Week Charity Golf Classic fundraiser

Dozens of golfers teed up on Friday, Feb. 17, for the Pirates Week Charity Golf Classic to help raise money for the Alzheimer’s and Dementia Association of the Cayman Islands. Due to inclement weather, the event was postponed from Oct. 28, 2016.

Heritage Day celebrates Brac culture

In a show of community spirit, the people of Cayman Brac came together for a day of fun and culture at last weekend’s Pirates Week Heritage Day.

Smith Cove a perfect setting for Pirate vows

New Yorkers Christiano and Marian Buono took the Cayman Islands’ pirate heritage to heart at their five-year vow renewal at Smith Cove during Pirates Week.

Pirates plunder airport for feedback

Pirates usually prefer to get around by ship, but Saturday, a pack of buccaneers pillaged the departure lounge at the Owen Roberts International Airport. It was not gold doubloons they were seeking from travelers, but data.

North Side Heritage Day is a hit with kids

The North Side Heritage Day held at Kaibo public beach proved a big draw for youngsters with several school groups making the trek to the district event on Friday, Nov. 18, for a day filled with fun and discovery.

Past comes to life at West Bay Heritage Day

West Bay residents showcased their district with activities and artifacts at last week’s Heritage Day event at the West Bay Heritage Park. On display at the event, held on Thursday, Nov. 17, were thatch crafts, a catboat, an old-time outside kitchen and a variety of well-kept memorabilia.

US swimmer wins Pirates Week Open Water 5K

Emily Brunemann of the United States won the 36th annual Pirates Week Open Water 5K over the weekend in 1 hour and 35 seconds.

East End is tops in float parade

The district of East End earned the top spot in the Pirates Week float competition with its evocative creation highlighting the district’s heritage, natural beauty and landmarks, all tying in to this year’s Pirates Week theme, “Age of Romance.”

Small craft warning issued for weekend

Weather forecasters say 15 to 20 knot winds and rough seas will continue through the weekend. Gusty winds will be coming from the east to northeast. Pirates Week organizers say they do not expect the weather to impact festivities on the George Town waterfront this weekend.

Pirates get one more weekend of shore leave

The Pooch Parade will lead the final weekend for Pirates Week. Cayman’s dogs get their own pirate outfits, replete with tricorn hats and eye patches, for the Saturday morning parade along the waterfront. Pirate-themed events will continue through the day with the food festival, Cardboard Boat Race, Illumination Night Parade, fireworks and street festival.

Inmates’ project wins Pirates Week float prize

One of the winning floats at Saturday’s Pirates Week parade was built by inmates of Northward Prison who put their carpentry skills to work by building a prize-winning wagon. Members of the prison workshop built the wagon around the Pirates Week theme of “Age of Romance.”

East End Heritage Day

East End Heritage Day on Wednesday attracted visitors from all over the island for a day and night of traditional local foods, artifacts, live music and games. As always the East End Heritage Committee had a special treat stored up for guests.

Kids in the limelight at Pedro pirate fun day

Hundreds of young pirates and their crews congregated on Pedro St. James on Sunday for the Pirates Week children’s fun day featuring contests, games and lots of pirate entertainment. “We saw approximately 300 children of all ages with parents in tow, all dressed as pirates.”

Pirates invade Bodden Town

The exciting prospects of enjoying local food, artifacts, cultural activities and local music had visitors and pirates stopping in at the Bodden Town Heritage Day on Monday. The annual event during Pirates Week featured live music, crafts, food, local businesses and more from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Nov. 14.

Little Cayman pirates

There were plenty of fantastic costumes and floats and lots of children at the Little Cayman Pirates Week festivities over the weekend of Nov. 4-6. The parade was a big draw for the island and there were some impressive costumes.

Pirates swagger through George Town

Clad in bandanas, face paint and hooped ear rings, bearded pirates and buxom wenches descended on George Town on Saturday in a swashbuckling display marking Pirates Week. Hundreds of spectators gathered at Hog Sty Bay for the invasion that signaled the start of the parade. As the Jolly Roger pulled up to the dock, pirates spilled out, cutlasses drawn.

BMX stunt riders show their skills

Four of the world’s best BMX riders are in Grand Cayman doing demonstrations at the Black Pearl Skate Park as part of Pirates Week.

Big plans ahead for Heritage Days

The eastern districts are ramping up for their ever popular Pirates Week Heritage Day festivals. East End offers up an array of mouth-watering local foods seasoned with loads of culture, heritage and tradition during the district’s Heritage Day celebrations.

Festival Queen returns

Where would pirates be without their wenches? Adrift in a sea of emotions, that’s where, which is why the Festival Queen competition is back for Pirates Week 2016. This Friday, the public will be heading to George Town for fireworks, food, entertainment and the chance to choose their queen.

Epic parties scheduled this weekend

As the pirates set sail across the Caribbean, ready to approach the Cayman shores on Saturday, landlubbers are planning their own parties to make it a weekend to remember. Epic Day Entertainment is hosting four musical events across the first weekend of Pirates week, beginning on Friday in George Town.

Happening this weekend: Fireworks, jamboree & Remembrance Day

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Ahoy maties! It’s that time of year again

Ahoy maties! It’s that time of year again to clip on an eye patch and get your parrot and cutlass out of storage – Pirates Week has arrived. Organizers have a full 10 days of events, kicking off Thursday, Nov. 10, with the annual Pan in de City steel pan competition at the George Town waterfront and the official kick-off party at The Wharf.

Pirates ‘invade’ Little Cayman

Swashbucklers swarmed Little Cayman as Pirates Week officially got under way in Little Cayman over the weekend. Crowds gathered for a flotilla parade on Saturday, when pirates and other patrons enjoyed a costume competition, a pirate dance, food and drinks.

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Buccaneers be ready for Pirates Week 2016

Time for buccaneers and wenches to band together for the 39th annual Pirates Week Festival, dubbed this year as the “Age of Romance.”

Little Cayman Pirates Week kicks off on Friday

Little Cayman’s Pirates Week events begin this weekend with a full schedule of fun.

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