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Pirates Week in the Cayman Islands 2019

Pirates Week 2019 schedule of events

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.

Over the last 40 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.

Pirates Week Festival Dates

Cayman Brac

1st-3rd November

Grand Cayman

7th-11th November

Little Cayman

15th-17th November

District Heritage Days

Tuesday, 12th November: East End, Wednesday, 13th November: West Bay, Thursday, 14th November: North Side, Friday, 15th November: Bodden Town, Saturday, 16th November: George Town

For more information contact the National Festival office on (345) 949 5859 or visit www.piratesweekfestival.com for complete festival information.