Pirates Week has landed!

Updated: Nov 14, 2018

Aye, it’s Pirates Week, of course! This rowdy celebration kicked off its Grand Cayman festivities yesterday at Royal Palms, and it’s not stopping until the islands have seen their share of parades, cultural celebrations, and more – and until the pirates have invaded and plundered.Starting today, set your course for a fun-filled three-day weekend for the whole family. Discover Cayman’s history and culture in a truly swashbuckling fashion that has become a local tradition since its debut 41 years ago.

We now bring you a few of the upcoming highlights of this unforgettable event. For the full schedule, visit piratesweekfestival.com

Fireworks Display

Harbour Drive, George Town

Set your course for the harbour tonight – or wait until the festival’s grand finale on Monday – for a glorious opening or close to the weekend. This impressive fireworks show over the water is entertaining for everyone and features a spectacular finish. It’s a stunning experience when viewed from the balcony of one of George Town’s harbour restaurants.The event is held at 8 p.m. tonight and on Monday, Nov 12.

Food Festival

Shedden Road, George Town

The Food Festival is another favourite with locals, and the reason why is clear, as it offers up a delicious selection of authentically Caribbean cuisine and international foods. Whether your dish of choice is turtle or conch stew after the fashion of a Caribbean pirate, or you prefer items from the other side of the world, the Food Festival is a fun addition to the array of celebrations that comprise Pirate’s Week. The event takes place today on Nov. 9, from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Pirate Pooch Parade

Harbour Drive, George Town

There’s something for everyone among the festivities, including our friends with four legs. Join this parade on the waterfront and raise funds for the Cayman Islands Humane Society. Pooches are encouraged to come dressed like pirates.The event takes place Saturday, Nov 10, from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

Landing Pageant and Float Parade

Harbour Drive, George Town

A galleon full of troublesome pirates is landing here in Cayman, and it’s going to be a blast for all ages. In this crowning jewel of Pirates Week and the festival’s most popular event, head out to the George Town waterfront where you are likely to find the town transformed into the stuff of folklore, with many audience members in costume for the occasion. Steal a spot for the afternoon and enjoy a rich display of pre-landing entertainment including dance, stunts, and acrobatics, before the arrival of the ship and its band of pirates.Before the event ends, it’s tradition for the governor to be “kidnapped”. Could Governor Roper have foreseen such a harrowing experience following his warm welcome earlier this month? No worries – we’re sure everything will turn out okay! The landing is followed by the float parade, another upbeat event featuring a series of colourful displays. Pre-landing celebrations followed by the landing commence at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 10. The float parade follows at 3:30 p.m.

Culture Shop Street Fair

Cardinal Avenue, George Town

Pirates Week is about more than pirates; it can also be a time to embrace Cayman’s unique heritage. Each year, Pirates Week attempts to build the community through events focused on all of Cayman’s unique cultural aspects. The Culture Shop Street Fair offers a chance for locals around the island to sell their crafts and handmade items, keeping Cayman’s cultural products alive. This one-stop shop for each of Grand Cayman’s districts brings together local items including handmade crafts and delicious meals. The fair is held on Monday, Nov. 12 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Sentencing of the Pirates

Cardinal Avenue, George Town

All pirates must pay for their crimes. Head out to the George Town for the Sentencing of the Pirates, the ending to their story until they return next year!The trial takes place on Monday, Nov. 12 from 6:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Illumination Night Parade

Harbour Drive, George Town

Introduced in 2015, the Illumination Night Parade was an instant hit. A beacon of light on the George Town harbour, the parade sees a series of beautifully lit displays passing along the waterfront, a magical experience, and ending to the weekend, for all.The parade is held on Monday, Nov. 12 from 7:15 p.m. to 12 a.m.