The Caymas Carnival is set to stage its annual carnival in a new and exciting virtual format on 16th May.
The event’s organiser Craig Frederick said 2020 is still set to be a banner year for the Carnival which started some four years ago.
Mr. Frederick has been busy planning the event and spoke exclusively to the Caymanian Times about upcoming plans.
“We were set to have major impact on carnivals around the world this year, with major spots in Greada, Las Vegas and Miami. On march 14th everything came crashing down and after we wiped the tears, the plans was to cancel and look forward to 2021 but a week later we started thinking what could be done,” he remarked.
What commenced in the days and weeks following was an online concept for the Caymas Carnival, which is every bit as ambitious as it sounds.
“We want people to pull out their old swanky costumes in their backyards and then share that with the world using a platform we will be rolling out with Hurley’s Media Rooster Cross Talk technology, along with two social media streams,” noted Mr. Frederick.
He added that he felt other carnivals around the world would be abel to follow this model for an successful event.
For those in the community who do not have a costume, promoters of the event explained that the T-shirt section, which is has been huge in Cayman over the years is Caymas’ way letting everyone in on the fun.
T-shirts have usually been issued with the Cayman costumes each year, however only the shirt is being offered this time around, with a special social distancing edition.
“Whine on a bumper 6ft apart” reads the shirts, which are being offered with special face masks.
Shirts are CI$25.00, with part proceeds from each shirt sold will go toward Meals and Wheels, which has traditionally been Caymas’ charity of choice. Additionally, a donation facility will be set up via Event Pro during the event. All proceeds collected via donations will go to charity.
Delivery of shirts will take place between 14th and 15th May by Event Pro, using taxi and mini bus services, who currently need the extra work.
Caymas’ virtual carnival is promising to be quite the bonanza; showcasing Calypso and Soca titans such as Alyson Hinds, GBM Mutron and Preddie to name a few.
Mr. Frederick said he is also in the final stages of securing a possible performance by KES.
“It’s not just about taking the edge off. It’s about really showcasing Cayman,” he explained.
From 12am to 6pm on Saturday, 16th May revelers around Grand Cayman will experience the first Caymas virtual Fete.