A bigger, better Pirates Week

Community involvement is key to Pirates Week and there are a variety of events to suit every taste. Time to prop up Polly and shake the moths out of the Jolly Roger – Pirates Week is almost visible on the horizon.

The new look Pirates Week website is under full sail and is constantly being updated with the latest up to date Pirates Week news and events. The site, piratesweekfestival.com, reflects all the fun of Pirates Week, with event information, photo galleries and even a kids section with games, puzzles and pictures to print out and colour.

This year. a new look Pirates Week souvenir programme, will be available as always with all your event information, details of the heritage days, fun stuff for kids, recipes, fun history facts, and lots more. Any company interested in advertising in the programme can contact [email protected] for more information.

And what would Pirates Week be without some booty to carry away? The Caymanian Compass, in association with Pirates Week and Cayman Airways, will be running a competition for a family getaway to Disneyland Orlando. The trip for four, two adults and two children, is the perfect opportunity to visit Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean and really get into the family fun spirit of Pirates Week.

All hands on deck
The festival is always in need of volunteers, so whether you want to help out scrubbing the poop deck or repelling the pirate landing, the organisers will be happy to hear from you at 949-5078.

The float parade is a crowd favourite, with districts, companies and various organisations contributing floats to the parade. Anyone interested in taking part can go to the Pirates Week website, click on ‘Get Involved’ and download the float parade form.

Another favourite is the National Song Competition, with all residents of the Cayman Islands being invited to submit their entries. Any style of music is welcome, so whether you like rock, reggae or anything in between, the contest, which takes place on Friday, 12 November and is sponsored by Digicel and the Caymanian Compass, is sure to entertain. With a prize pot of CI$6,000, including a grand prize of CI$3,000, the event is certain to draw out the best musical talent in Cayman.

Of course, no festival would be complete without a Festival Queen. Contestants parade festival costumes of their own design in front of a panel of judges while their supporters cheer them on. The event will take place on Friday 12 November at 6.50pm and is sponsored by the Ministry of Culture.

No matter where your talents lie, Pirates Week has something for you, so get involved this year and make it the biggest and best Pirates Week ever.   WH


Stephen Clarke