Arrrrr, de ye hear yon sound of approaching reprobates? ‘tis time to get ready for the arrival of yonder pirate rascals once more. Cayman, are ye ready?
The annual bash is now in its 35th year and the main events take place from Thursday, 8 November through until Sunday, 18 November. Ten days of fun and frolics, of festival laughter and larger-than-life characters lighting up the streets and venues of these beloved isles.
It starts on Thursday, 8 November with the pre-Pirates Week Happy Hour at Breezes, the Steel Pan Competition on Harbour Drive and the Kick-off Party at the Wharf.
Friday, 9 November gets busy with registration for the 5K run at 3.30pm (it starts at 5pm). There’s also happy hour at Hard Rock, the Miss Festival Queen Competition and of course the fireworks at 7.30pm which announce the beginning of the first street dance and food festival on Harbour Drive and Shedden Road.
The 5k Sea Swim is on Saturday, 10 November at 8am. The afternoon entertainment begins at 2pm then there’s the 3pm landing pageant and float parade plus more street dance and food. Youngsters will enjoy the 7pm Teen Up Teen Disco at Cayman Craft Market.
Sunday, 11 November brings Camana Bay into the fray with the Children’s Fun Day from midday. There’s also an underwater treasure hunt at DiveTech, West Bay at 1pm and the annual Turtle Release at 4pm.
Heritage Days take centre stage in the following week, as does the Mike Lockwood Memorial Swim Meet, which kicks off on Wednesday, 14 November. On Thursday, 15th the Westin Pirates Week Sand-Off Caribbean Buffet promises mucho fun.
Saturday, 18 November has more swimming, an under-12s circuit race and loads of fun on the water. The Cardboard Boat Race is always hilarious; it starts at 4.15pm and is preceded by a stand up paddle board competition. At 6pm the finale of the snapper cook-off brings the young chefs to the fore then there’s the Sentencing of the Pirates, fireworks, street dance and food festival and another teen disco to keep all ages in the fun and friendly vibe.
There’s just time on Sunday, 18 November for the Pirates Week 10k run (7am), the conclusion of the Mike Lockwood Memorial International Swim Meet (8am) and the Mickey Mouse Darts Tournament at the Mango tree and – behold! Pirates Week is complete for another year.
Little Cayman Pirates Week is on Friday, 2 through to Sunday, 4 November and Cayman Brac keeps the party going from 22 to 25 November.
Calling all bars
Pirates Week, Department of Tourism and Cayman Airways have designed a competition in which people can either win a trip to Gasparilla in Tampa, Florida including all fares and five nights’ accommodation for two people or a return to Pirates Week 2013 for two people for five days. In exchange for a donation of $500.00 you can be one of the approved bars on the Bar Crawl.
On arrival in Cayman visitors will be given a Passport (residents can collect them from the Pirates Week office or hotels and participating bars). There will be a selection of bars listed on the Passport by number; the idea is to visit each, have a drink or two and get your passport officially stamped.
Once passports are full they can be turned in at Pirates Week or in the box provided at the airport. Deadline to receive these is 20 November.
It’s a win, win, situation: a bit of additional fun, a chance to win a prize and additional income for the bars and Pirates Week.
Calling all redcoats
The landing parade/invasion is one of the most fun things to watch of Pirates Week, with literally thousands of people getting into prime position to see the pirates land to try and capture the governor. Will they succeed? We’ll have to wait and see.
But you could get an even better view of the whole caboodle by actually becoming part of the event itself. Ever fancied yourself as a pirate storming the island? Or a redcoat defending the islands’ honour against these marauding moochers? Holding a musket to fend off the frantic fighters?
Well, now’s your chance! The Pirates Week committee is putting out a call for lads and lasses who are keen to don the costumes and be part of the celebrations – never will you get a better photo opportunity than this!
For more information contact the Pirates Week office on 949 5078 or email [email protected]