Parades are free to watch.
Parade leaves Public Beach at 1pm
Launched in 1983 by the Rotary Club of Grand Cayman, Cayman Carnival Batabano is held annually in May – a vibrant highlight in the Island’s entertainment calendar. Carnival is a premier cultural celebration in the Caribbean – a kaleidoscope of music, dance and pageantry with roots mirroring the region’s diverse history of African and religious influences. Colourful costumes reflect the vibrant landscapes, heritage and culture, with the music the very rhythm of island life. Carnival in the Cayman Islands has a distinct flavour as the islands are home to a melting pot of over 100 nationalities – one country celebrating many cultures!
With the costumes, choreography and festivities becoming more elaborate each year, Cayman Carnival Batabano is a much-anticipated event. It is a time to celebrate local surroundings, to showcase creativity, to voice social issues and, of course, to party and unite – and there’s nothing like a great party to bring people together!
The Street Parade will be starting at 1pm on the Esterley Tibbetts Highway, behind Cost-U-Less. The bands will then head north on the highway, turning towards Seven Mile Public Beach, before heading back towards George Town along the West Bay Road. They will then make their way to the parade finale on the Festival Green in Camana Bay, followed by an after party from 5pm.
The public is invited to the Festival Green to view the fabulous costumes and enjoy a live DJ, food and drink from 20+ vendors, health and wellness stations and an evening of carnival fun. Entry fee is $5 per person (unless you're a carnival masquerader) and you can enter at the bridge adjacent to the Maris Avenue parking lot.