(CMR) Caymanians have expressed disappointment that District Heritage Days will be missing from Pirates Week this year. In a government release, it was revealed that organizers had to make the tough call due to time and budget constraints.
Jermaine Ebanks-Hurlston, in a Facebook post, said it was “a crying shame,” adding that “many locals rely on this to help generate an income, and the main element of Pirates Week is to promote what the locals have to offer from food, arts and crafts, etc.”
Organizers have encouraged the community not to let the absence of District Heritage Days dampen their spirits, as there will still be lots of celebration, camaraderie, and adventure to be had.
This year, Cayman's National Festival, Pirates Week, will celebrate Cayman’s wondrous wildlife. ‘Cayman Wildlife’ – the theme for this year’s festival will cast a spotlight on our precious local fauna. From 3- 26 November, the festival will unfold in waves of adventure across all three islands.
Landlubbers can partake in a treasure trove of events waiting to be discovered – from beach clean-ups to family fun days, food festivals, exciting treasure hunts, and Block Party Street Dances that will enliven the reveler spirit in anyone.
Hon. Minister Bernie Bush shared, “I would like to thank the Pirates Week Committee and the staff at the Ministry for working diligently to organize this cultural festival. For over 40 years, Pirates Week has united the community for an exciting array of activities and events; and I am pleased to see how this tradition has grown and endured over the many years.”
Pirates Week, now in its 46th year, is a fantasy festival that was started to bring visitors to Cayman's shores during the slow tourism season. Over the years, the festival has featured a mock pirate invasion, float parades, costume contests, a dazzling firework show, various sporting events, and District Heritage Days.
For more information or for a full list of events visit: www.piratesfestcayman.com