Shimmering vessels upon the water
The Parade of Lights is now a firm fixture on the Christmas season calendar. What began as a few vessels dressing up with decorations and lights has now turned into a huge, festive affair held every year at Camana Bay.
This year BAF Insurance has signed on as the presenting sponsor of Cayman 27’s Parade of Lights, and once again the event promises to be a night to remember.
It all starts at 6 p.m. with the Church of God Children’s Choir, Bona Fide and the First Baptist Church providing entertainment from the main stage on The Festival Green. The green has been chosen to accommodate the larger crowd, and will double as the primary viewing area for the parade of boats moving by.
Music will get everyone in the mood for the magical moments to come, as vessels start their engines, ready to head into view.
The parade begins at 7 p.m., with boats making their way across the front of The Festival Green and The Crescent. There are two categories for prizes – “Private” and “Watersports Operator” – and competition will no doubt be fierce, based on previous years.
Judges will be looking at “wow factor,” creativity, use of color and overall impression. The winning boat in each category sails away with $2000 – not too shabby at all!
Organizers are excited to be able to move the main viewing area to The Festival Green this year, along with the main entertainment stage, and the Christmas food and craft market. There will also be a bar provided by Margaritaville.
One of the most enthusiastic attendees will be Cayman 27’s former general manager, Mike Martin, who started the Parade of Lights a number of years ago. He will be returning just to oversee the event, and see how it has grown from its humble beginnings.
Those unable to attend the festivities at Camana Bay will be happy to learn that the entire show will be broadcast live on Cayman 27 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. so they won’t miss a moment of the action.
Don’t forget that the Parade of Lights is free for all to enjoy; there is no cover charge. So bring out your friends and family, and welcome in the season the Caribbean way – cheer on your favorite vessel and get into the spirit of Christmas.