Every November the Cayman Islands host an annual Pirates Week Festival, complete with a mock-pirate ‘invasion’ from the sea!
Two old-time sailing vessels, loaded with pirates make a surprise landing at the bowl-shaped George Town harbour with the pirates capturing the Governor.
Thousands of people line the streets to watch the spectacle and its good-natured fun with a new twist every year. Families just love it. It's the only event of its kind in the Caribbean region. The festival then continues all week with parades, costume contests, music, street dancing, competitions, Heritage Days and fireworks.
In 2015, Pirates Week runs from November 12th to 22nd. The Sister Islands celebrate either side of those dates.
Over the last 34 years it has become the country's largest celebration, drawing some 35,000 patrons. It now encompasses 32 different events which in the past have included eight street dances, five heritage days, a float parade and landing pageant, firework shows, song contest, two swim meets, a darts tournament, a steel band competition, kids fun day, two teen music nights, an underwater treasure hunt and two running races.
2015 Schedule of Events
Saturday 7th November Cayman Brac Heritage Day (demos, craft stalls, live music, fireworks and more
Thursday 12th November Pirates Week Happy Hour at Margaritaville & Kick-Off party at The Wharf
Friday 13th November 5k run, Fireworks, Street Dance & Food Festival in George Town
Saturday 14th November Pirate Invasion & Landing, Food Festival & Street Dance in George Town
Sunday 15th November Children’s Fun Fair at Pedro St James and Underwater Treasure Hunt at Divetech, West Bay
Monday 16th November - George Town Heritage Day
Tuesday 17th November - East End Heritage Day
Wednesday 18th November - West Bay Heritage Day
Thursday 19th November - North Side Heritage Day
Friday 20th November - Bodden Town Heritage Day
Saturday 21st November – Pirate Pooch Parade (new in 2015), Caybrew Cardboard Boat Race, Trial of the Pirates, Illumination Night Parade (new in 2015), Fireworks and Street Dance Finale
Friday 27th – Saturday 28th November Little Cayman Celebration: Dance party, Parade, Fireworks, Costume Competition.
For more information contact the National Festival office on (345) 949 5859 or visit www.piratesweekfestival.com for complete festival information.