Cayman Pirates Week
– 10th-20th November 2016 –
Eleven Days of Revelry - The Caribbean has nothing like it!
11 Days of excitement and sheer good times built around the fantasy of a pirate invasion.
Sailing ships and costumes, a fireworks show, a song contest, a glittering parade downtown and 8 nights of live music under the stars
|Cayman Pirates Week - What a Time|
Light Up the Sky
A thrilling fireworks display over George Town harbour signals the start of the excitement. Thousands are there lining the roadway for the spectacle in the sky... come early... come casual... come to enjoy... stay for the Songfest by the sea and dance to Caribbean bands until the wee hours.
It's late afternoon and three sailing ships full of costumed marauders invade the island, grabbing the Governor and igniting one week of frolic.
What a Parade
For a couple of hours before sunset, it's parade time along Harbour Drive... colourful floats, some with live music, costumes and walking groups, taking over the town with all the colour and creativitiy and rhythm of the Caribbean... one sweet bacchanal! Bring your camera!
Move to the Music
Oh yes... the music! The nights in Pirates Week are for partying to live Caribbean music... open air... near the sea... with plenty of food and drink at hand... Just watching the dancers is fun... and that happens, minus Sunday, for 8 straight nights - 3 in town, 5 in the country - party time, man!
Starting on the first Monday of Pirates Week, we have six Heritage Days in six different corners of Grand Cayman. Traditional culture and art are on display from noon to 6pm, with the night time given over to an open-air Street Dance with Caribbean tempos. Before 7pm it's free; admission to the dance is about $5.
The Sporting Life
Pirates Week in Cayman also caters to the sports minded with two swimming races (one in the sea), two golf tournaments, and three road races, each with modest entrance fees. There is also an Underwater Treasure Hunt for both the scuba and snorkel crowd.
The Younger Crowd
For the very young set, a Kids' Fun Day in George Town, on the first Sunday, with drinks, snacks, entertainment and 5 fancy bicycles to be won in a draw... free admission!
What an Ending
A comical Trial of the Pirates, and a final open air Street Dance by the harbour, signals the end of the Festival. At the closing midnight hour, a visiting Californian says, "I can't wait for the next year."
A word for visitors
- Book Early
Given the growing attendance at the Cayman Pirates Week Festival, it is advisable to make reservations early. Particularly for that first weekend with the pirate invasion, the song contest, the fireworks show, the parade, and the two street dances. It's a $100,000 weekend, and there's no admission charge to anything. Cars for rent are in short supply.
- What about the Cost?
The District Days have a $5 cover at night, and the sports events have a modest registration fee. Everything else, as outlined above, is free. Food and drink you buy, of course, but it is moderately priced and we never run out.
- What about getting around?
The downtown activities, on the first weekend and the last, are within 5-10 minutes drive from most hotels in the Seven Mile Beach area. The District Days, out of town, are about a 30 minute drive. Day time taxis are plentiful, but service to any evening function should be arranged in advance. Bus service is sometimes available; ask at your hotel or condo reception, or call the Pirates Week Office.
- What about eats?
All the evening functions feature a range of local dishes, tasty stuff, and served in convenient take-away containers. The prices are reasonable ($7-$10) and the servings are generous. The food booths are in a separate area away from the dancing crowd.
- What about services?
The Pirates Week Office, located adjacent to the food court downtown, is manned during the street dances if you want to make a local phone call. Several bar facilities (fruit juices included) are available at the dances, and drinks are reasonably priced. Portable toilets are dispersed around the event.
If a local person is driving you, they'll know the parking scene. If you are driving yourself, call the Pirates Week Office and we'll advise you on the parking; it's usually only a few minutes' walk.
- And ...
Bring lots of film, casual clothes and comfortable footwear. Also, it can be hot at the daytime events, so bring water; the crowds can make it tough to reach the bar.
Visit www.piratesweekfestival.com for more information on travel, weather, passport information, what to wear and more ...
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