GEORGE TOWN -- Ships sail, cannons boom and pirates attack. It must
be that annual festival again. The Cayman Islands' 23rd annual
Pirates Week Festival is set for Oct. 22 to 31.
On tap are parades, street dances, all-day heritage
celebrations, triathlons, swimming events, a turtle release, craft
displays, go-cart races, golf tournaments, children's activities,
an underwater treasure hunt, fireworks and food festivals.
A 20-minute fireworks display over George Town harbor kicks off
the festivities on Oct. 22, followed by a competition among local
singers and several dance troupes.
Reminiscent of the history of the Cayman Islands as a paradise
for pirates and plunderers, a pirate invasion from the sea on Oct.
23 is the festival's highlight. Crowds congregate in George Town as
hordes of wenches and pirates invade town with roaring cannons and
clashing cutlasses. Visitors who wish to participate can obtain
appropriate costumes from several shops in George Town.
After the "intruders" seize the governor and take over the
territory, floats and costumed revelers parade through George Town.
Five bands provide music until midnight. Ten street dances take
place during the festival in various districts on Grand Cayman.
The annual Cayman Turtle Farm's turtle release attracts many
children who gather to watch the turtles return to the sea.
Phone: (800) 346-3313