Pirate myths and legends swirl around the Cayman Islands, with no other Caribbean island celebrating its swashbuckler heritage in quite the same fantastic way. Pirates Week 2016 is currently occurring, with the celebration already over in Little Cayman. Pirates Week happens in Grand Cayman November 10-20, and November 25-27 in Cayman Brac. So, what does the annual festival entail?
No Pirates Week would be complete without a mock pirate invasion straight from the blue waters of the Caribbean. Two sailing vessels from days of yore filled with “pirates” descend upon George Town Harbor to capture the governor. Thousands flock to see the spectacle, which features a new, interesting twist every year. The family friendly event is always a great time and the only event of its kind in the Caribbean.
Parades, Costume Contests, Heritage Days and More
After the mock invasion dies down, the festival continues with parades, costume contests, music, fireworks, Heritage Days, and general dancing in the streets. The 2016 Heritages Days are as follows:
November 14 – Bodden Town Heritage Day
November 15 – George Town Heritage Day
November 16 – East End Heritage Day
November 17 – West Bay Heritage Day
November 18 – North Side Heritage Day
This year’s parades include the Pirate Pooch Parade for four-legged friends and the Illumination Night Parade. Other events include Caybrew Cardboard Boat Race, Children’s Fun Fair Day, Street Dance Finale, and 5K and 10K runs.
“Age off Romance” Theme
Pirates Week is getting romantic this year. The “Age Of Romance” theme correlates with the Caribbean Tourism Organization, which touted 2016 as the Year of Romance. The official Pirates Week website features images of pirates romancing the beautiful women they meet in the Cayman Islands.
Pirates Week Festival Gift Shop
Dressing up in your best pirate garb is encouraged! The Pirates Week Festival Gift Shop on 10 Shedden Road behind the National Museum offers everything you need to transform into a buccaneer, including hooks, eye patches, faux swords, hats, boot tops, clothing, and other novelty accessories. Cayman Islands visitors are politely asked to declare all replica guns and swords for participation use.
Food, Drinks, and Restrooms
All evening festivities include local cuisine served in takeout containers. Bar facilities are available during the street dances, with fruit juice offered to underage festival participants. Signs indicating nearby portable toilet facilities are also featured.
Something for Everyone
Treat yourself and your family to this extraordinary event that’s unique to the Cayman Islands! Channel your inner privateer, toast with friends, and learn more about the fascinating pirate history that’s synonymous with the Caribbean.
Are you excited yet?