As a non-profit organization run by a team of dedicated volunteers on Grand Cayman, corporate sponsorship is crucial for keeping the 37-year Batabano tradition alive and thriving, and organisers say there has never been a better time than now for businesses to support this growing national event.
“Batabano is so much more than just a road parade for masqueraders because it truly unites all demographics of people living in our community while offering a tremendous economic boost for a wide cross section of local entrepreneurs, including local artisans, cooks, restaurants, bars, retail stores, taxis, hotels, condos, DJ’s, singers, dancers, event rentals, security officers, cleaners, you name it,” said Batabano Chairperson Donna Myrie-Stephen. “It is certainly a thriving tourism product yes, but Batabano, with its unique connection to turtle nesting season in our islands, really touches the hearts and spirits of our local people like no other event in Cayman does, and that alone makes it so special.”
Mrs. Myrie-Stephen said that now more than ever, people are truly realizing just how much Batabano has always united Caymanians as one, along with people from all cultures and backgrounds who call Cayman home. “When a national event has been uniting people to celebrate together for almost four decades, for generations, it becomes part of your culture, part of your history. Our people say ‘Batabano’ with pride, knowing that it is so unique to our islands. You have real bragging rights when you’re part of Batabano!”
With just 12 weeks to Batabano on the weekend of May 7th to 10th, Batabano organisers say corporate sponsors are urgently needed at all levels to support the growing carnival.
“Our sponsorship drive began from last year with hundreds of local businesses being contacted, so we’re appealing to them all again to come and be part of Batabano,” she said, noting that sponsorship is critical in order to put on the type of high end concerts and events that Cayman residents and visitors have come to expect, which are easily upwards of CI$75K – CI$100K per event to be done right and to attract top entertainers, in addition to the street parade. “Let there be no doubt – Cayman Carnival Batabano is here to stay as it continues to be a unifying economic driver for our islands and for our people, so it remains one of the top events for sponsors to be part of and to support in the Cayman Islands.”
The overall (adult) Batabano sponsorship levels vary in order to suit any company’s budget, with levels cleverly named in honour of Cayman’s sea turtles - the “Grand Green Sea Turtle” is the premier level followed by the “Mighty Loggerhead”, the “Hawksbill”, and the Batabano Turtle Tracks sponsorship level.
The word “Batabano” is said to be a native Caymanian word used to refer to the tracks that turtles leave in the sand when they go ashore to nest during turtle nesting season from May to November each year, which is why holding Cayman Carnival Batabano in early May is so significant as a time for celebration.
Other (adult) Batabano sponsorship opportunities include:
1. Parade competition cash prizes and trophies for: Batabano Band Of The Year, plus a trophy; Second Place prize, plus a trophy; and Third Place, plus a trophy
2. Kings, Queens, and Individual costume competition cash prizes and trophies
3. Event sponsorship for: Le Masque Fundraising Dinner Show on May 7th; the Friday Night Fete on May 8th; International Jouvert on May 9th; Las’ Lap Street Dance on May 9th; and the Batabano Food Festival on May 9th.
Junior Batabano Parade and Family Fun Day will be held on Saturday May 2nd, followed by the Junior Batabano Teen Dance that evening. Overall Junior Batabano sponsorship levels, also named in honour of sea turtles, are: “Green Sea Turtle” (Presenting Sponsor); the “Mighty Loggerhead”; the “Hawksbill”; and the “Hatchling” which is a sponsorship for individual, or all, participating school groups.
Other sponsorship opportunities for Junior Batabano include:
• Junior Batabano Teen Jam
• Junior Batabano King and Queen
• Family Fun Day
For more sponsorship details, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call/message Mrs. Myrie-Stephen on 916-1740.