The Ministry of Culture has reiterated on Tuesday, 1 October 2019) that the Government approved weekend for Grand Cayman Carnival is the second week of May (9 May, 2020).
After lengthy deliberations, the Government, earlier this year, decided that the most suitable schedule for Cayman Islands carnivals would be: to hold junior carnival on the first weekend in May; Grand Cayman adult carnival (both Batabano and CayMas parades) to run over the second weekend in May; and Braccanal, the Cayman Brac carnival, on the third weekend in May 2020.
Government initially proposed the simultaneous staging of the two carnivals for a number of reasons. Key among these was to avoid the cumulative loss of business experienced by Grand Cayman merchants in the Seven Mile Beach area associated with road closures on two consecutive weekends. Road closures also create a strain on police resources.
Another aim was to allow Braccanal to be held on a weekend during which no similar events would take place on Grand Cayman.
While Government appreciates the dynamic professionalism and cultural contributions of all Carnival mas bands, it feels compelled to maintain its support for the combined carnival (adult) parade.
“We remain open to constructive dialogue with all carnival organisers. At the same time our position is that any developments must take place within the framework of one Cayman Carnival. The arrangements that all parties agreed following a year of discussions still offer the best way forward for all stakeholders. It also provides a sustainable foundation for the continued growth of local carnivals”, comments Culture Minister Dwayne Seymour, adding “Our larger Caribbean neighbours also have one Carnival.”