Once a year in November, the island of Grand Cayman is overtaken by pirates – and everyone loves it! That’s because this week of music, dance, costumes, fireworks, and other adventures that can only happen on the high seas of the Caribbean is a swashbuckling good time for the whole family.
“Aarrrgghh Matey” jokes aside, the festival kicks off with a staged pirate invasion of the George Town harbor led by two traditional sailing vessels filled with pirates seeking to capture the town’s governor. Every year, the invasion takes on new twists and offers new surprises, so even if you’ve seen the spectacle before, it is always worth attending to see tricks the wiley Grand Cayman pirates have up their sleeves this year.
The kick-off party also includes a steel pan drum competition, fireworks over the bay, and more; the week includes the crowning of a Festival Queen, a street dance event, and a food festival all focused on Caribbean style, cuisine, and culture. The entire island gets involved in this family friendly festival, with streets being closed off, businesses catering to festival goers, and much more.
This is one pirate invasion that you definitely want to be a part of – and Grand Cayman itself is a fantastic place to be as well. The largest of the three Cayman Islands in the British Caribbean, this island is home to the famous Seven Mile Beach, the port city of George Town, a stunning botanical park, the world’s only sea turtle farm and marine park, and sand bars where visitors can pet stingrays, check out the coral reefs, and snorkel with the indigenous sea life.
The Grand Cayman Island Pirates Week Festival runs from November 10th to the 20th in 2016, with celebrations on the neighboring islands during adjacent weeks.
Article By: Jacqueline Zenn