Costume? Check! Feathers? Check! Glitter? Check! Water and sunscreen? Check, check! Can you believe that Batabano is here again? The bar hops, the Junior Batabano and J’ouvert parades have all been leading up to this: a weekend of music, entertainment and the adult parade on May 6 and 7.
Says the chairman of Batabano, Donna Myrie, “Batabano is Cayman’s biggest annual carnival, with colorful Mas Bands as far as the eye can see. Every year it gets better, and 2016 will be no exception. I encourage everyone to come out and participate, whether in costume as part of a band, or cheering on the performers from the streets, as we look forward to the public’s support of this cultural tradition. It’s carnival time!”
Friday Night Fete
Harbour Drive, 9 p.m.
Downtown George Town is where you want to be for one of the biggest dance parties of the year. International artists take to the stage for an unforgettable evening of revelry to get you in the carnival mood.
Here is a taste of what you can expect:
Gamal Doyle is the unmistakeably energetic soca artiste from St. Vincent and the Grenadines, better known as Skinny Fabulous. This talented and versatile artist demonstrates his quick wit and the capacity to mesmerize the crowd while he is on stage. Always willing to push the boundaries of Caribbean music, Skinny Fabulous has a style that falls somewhere between soca and dancehall.
Upon meeting Stephenson ‘Shal’ Marshall for the first time, persons usually react with, “Wow he’s got a great personality!” From hanging out with his close friends to delivering commanding performances on big-stages across the globe; Shal’s easy going charismatic persona has been credited for much of his success.
With over 8 active years’ experience in the entertainment industry, this 29 year-old all-rounder has secured many professional titles including: Radio Personality, Television Host, Promoter, Master of Ceremonies and now Soca Artist, to name a few.
Considered a role model among the youth of Trinidad and Tobago, Akil Borneo has set himself high standards and positive values. At a very young age he developed a passion for music and aspired to be an entertainment icon.
Akil is the co-owner of Associate Degree Sound System. His distinctive voice as the MC of Associate Degree earned him a spot on the number 1 radio station in the country, 96.1 FM in 2000. Over the years, Akil and Associate Degree has become one of the most sought after talents in the Caribbean and well poised to attain international notoriety. His allotted time slots on radio are consistently ranked number 1 in media surveys.
Local band Unity will be featured with resident songstresses Andrea Rivera and Jamestee Anglin.
This is the first year when online tickets sales are available for the Friday Night fete.
Ticket prices are $25 presold and $30 at the gate.
Saturday Adult Batabano Parade
Public Beach to George Town, 1 p.m.
Line the streets to cheer on the Mas Bands as they wind (and wine) their way down the road, slowly but surely, to their final goal of George Town. The costumes will be epic and colourful, so get out early to watch every group.
Saturday Batabano Street Party
George Town, 6 p.m.
Stick around in George Town and be surrounded by three stages. You shall have music wherever you go! Listen for the EDM Hard Rock Stage with two international DJs and three local DJs; the Goring Ave and South Church Street Stages covering all the Reggae and Dancehall music you could ever want; and the Main Stage Harbour Drive with Soca music played by two international DJs and three local DJs.
Food and Bars
Cardinall Avenue is the place to be for Cayman’s best local cuisine as 27 vendors offer you sumptuous meals.
Look for Cayman Spirits Company at the forefront of the bars with great service and a supply of new beverages, served by costumed servers.