It’s carnival time!
Sidebar: Spotlight on: Cayman Bacchanal
Do you hear the music? Do you feel the street vibrating? Do you see flashes of color in the distance? It must all mean that Batabano is here again, when mas bands parade in majestic costumes down the roads of the Cayman Islands, encouraging the people lining the street to join in the fun.
Batabano appeals to young and old, so to make sure that all ages can get involved, there are events on the calendar created for children, teens and adults.
If you are not involved with any of the bands, you can still participate by cheering on the parade, dressing up, dancing along and generally supporting Batabano events.
These are the dates you won’t want to miss:
Saturday, April 25
Venue: Glass House grounds, George Town
The Family Fun Day starts at 1 p.m., when various booths with activities will be set up for children and parents to enjoy.
The Junior Batabano parade begins at 3 p.m. with a route through town, returning to the Glass House grounds for judging; then teens from the ages of 13 to 17 can head to the South Sound Community Centre for the Glow Teen Jam, scheduled for 7 to 11 p.m. Parents will be happy to know that the age limits will be strictly enforced. There will be security, committee members and teachers present. Admission for the teen jam is $10.
Fridays, April 10 through May 2
Adult Batabano Barhops
Venue: Various bars
Every Friday, specific bars will compete to create “BataSpirit,” the beverage of Batabano.
- April 10 – The Office
- April 17 – Cayman Spirits
- April 24 – Mango Tree
- May 1 – Cayman Cabana
Thursday, April 30
Le Masque: A Masquerade Experience
Venue: Pedro St. James
The Le Masque gala dinner and show is always one of the most anticipated events on the Batabano calendar. The evening begins with champagne at 7 p.m., followed by dinner at 8 p.m. All guests will receive a masque upon entry.
None other than the legendary musical band “The Dragonnaires,” will be headlining the night, and patrons can peruse the silent auction, enjoy the entertainment, and keep their fingers crossed that they win the gate prize, courtesy of LIME.
Tickets are $100 each, and corporate tables of 10 are available for purchase. Attire is Island Chic, and tickets are on sale at Le Classique.
Friday, May 1
Friday Night Fete
Venue: Harbour Drive, George Town
Harbour Drive will come to life with guest headliners, local band “Heat,” DJs, and bars courtesy of Cayman Spirits. Revelers are encouraged to come out and party away under the stars!
Saturday, May 2
2015 Batabano Parade
Route: Seven Mile to George Town
Hold onto yourselves, because for the first time, an extended parade route from the Seven Mile public beach to Harbour Drive has been approved, with identified Batabano hot spots along the route, and judging at Lone Star, XQ’s and Harbour Drive!
The parade will not be going through the center of George Town as in previous years, due to the sheer size of the mas bands and the number of large music trucks; the route is one straight road to Harbour Drive.
“I am confident to say residents and tourists who line the entire parade route will see exciting and improved carnival costumes parading behind music trucks, blaring pulsating soca music, with steel pan bands, all on the famous and most majestic parade route in the Caribbean – our Seven Mile Strip,” says Donna Myrie, Batabano organizer.
“The parade ends on Harbour Drive with more music, food festivals, and Art in the Heart, an initiative where we celebrate our local artisans in a Caribbean setting in Hero’s Square.”
The curtain falls at midnight until it all returns in 2016. Cayman Carnival Batabano is a highly anticipated calendar event in the Cayman Islands, so come along and jump up!
See the Facebook page for Cayman Carnival Batabano for more information.