Plans for Cayman's National Carnival - Cayman Carnival Batabano - are in high gear, with the annual parade slated for Saturday May 7th, featuring a new route culminating with a huge stage for masqueraders to cross on Festival Green at Camana Bay.
"We are super excited that the Cayman Islands has been welcoming back visitors to our shores again and is now in a position to be able to allow national cultural events like Batabano to resume," said Batabano Chairperson, Donna Myrie-Stephen. "Our applications are in to the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service (RCIPS) and to the Government's Cabinet Office for the necessary permission to host our national carnival this year, and we expect favourable responses in light of the approvals given for other parades to take place last Summer under similar Regulations, coupled with the current efforts being made by Government and the private sector to reignite the country's tourism industry, for both land and sea".
The Batabano Chairperson said the parade will take a different route this year due to ongoing works on Seafarer's Way in George Town where the carnival usually culminates with a street dance. This year, the parade will start at a location on Esterly Tibbetts Highway, proceed along West Bay Road per usual, but turn towards Camana Bay where masqueraders will get to cross a huge stage for the first time in Batabano history. There will also be a festive Carnival Village, Food Festival, and Las Lap Fete into the night for both masqueraders as well as other patrons.
Participating Mas Bands this year include:
A Reba Dilbert Creation
Asendn Mas Band
Estatic Mas Band
Fete For A Cause
Honduras Carnival Band
Shilpa’s Indian Band
For more information, and to request details on sponsorship opportunities, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call/message Donna Myrie-Stephen on 916-1740.