If you love dancing, music and beautiful costumes, Cayman’s festival Batabano will be right up your street. Quite literally. 

Quite literally. Launched in 1983 by the Rotary Club of Grand Cayman Cayman’s Carnival Batabano is the island’s national carnival and a vibrant highlight in the Cayman’s entertainment calendar. The festival’s original name, Batabano (pronounced bat-a-ban-noo), is a salute to Cayman’s turtling heritage – the word “Batabano ” refers to the tracks left in the sand by sea turtles as they crawl onto the beach to nest. Finding these tracks was – and still is – a reason to celebrate!

Batabano now in its 32nd year, takes place Saturday, May 6. The parade starts at 1:00 pm on Public Beach, on Seven Mile Beach and will pass by Plantana as it moves south on West Bay Road until it winds around the streets of the center of  George Town and ends on Harbor Drive to culminate into a street festival party with music, dancing and lots of local food.

Each year several ‘bands’ announce their theme along with their beautiful and colourful costumes for that year, with members of the public able to join the band and purchase their costumes. Each band with then be judged as they parade through the street with one band being crowned the overall winner. Judges will be located outside Government House, Lone Star, Peppers, XQ’s and Breezes for the final judging.

There is truly something for everyone in this festival, with the entertainment covering 6 genres of music as well as the annual food festival. Don’t forget to bring your camera for some truly unbelievable pictures.  

LOCAL TIME