Cayman Carnival 2020: Everything you need to know
The countdown is on to one of the most highly-anticipated events on the Cayman calendar - the Batabano Cayman Carnival!
With January almost out already, it's T minus four months until we're shaking our tail feathers throughout the first week of May.
Thousands of locals and visitors alike join the kaleidoscope of colour that has come to epitomise the annual Carnival celebration.
Considered the Caribbean's boutique Carnival, the Cayman celebration never fails to impress.
Batabano 2019 was one of the largest street parades in the Cayman Islands to date, with 15 registered Masquerade Bands and groups on the road - and a staggering 4,000 revelers playing Mas, Cayman style!
And with this calendar of events, the 2020 version - the 37th annual event - looks set to be just as dazzling.
Check out the schedule below:
Le Masque Ball - Thursday, May 7
Time: Cocktail reception is from 6 pm-7 pm, followed by dinner, entertainment, and dancing
"Outta De Blue Jouvert" - Friday, May 8
Time: Gates open 9 pm
Location: Harbour Drive, downtown George Town
Batabano Food Festival - Saturday, May 9
Time: 12 pm - Midnight
Location: Cardinall Avenue, downtown George Town
Admission: FREE. Food and drinks on sale.
Cayman Carnival Batabano Street Parade - Saturday, May 9
Time: 1 pm
Location: Public Beach West Bay Road to George Town
Admission: FREE for spectators. Masqueraders must register with a Batabano Mas Band in order to be in the parade
Batabano Las' Lap - Saturday, May 9
Time: 6 pm - Midnight
Location: Harbour Drive, George Town
Admission: FREE. Food and drinks will be on sale.
Batabano Sunday Boating - Sunday, May 10
Time & Location: Boats typically leave docks by 1 pm and head to Rum Point until sunset
Admission: N/A. Some boat cruises will have tickets on sale.
But it's not all about the adults as there's plenty of kiddie fun too.
JUNIOR BATABANO SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
Junior Batabano Family Fun Day & Street Parade - Saturday, May 2
Time: Family Fun Day starts at 1 pm on the grounds of the old Glass House Building, and ends at 6 pm
Parade starts at 3 pm from the Glass House
Route: The parade loops around George Town and back to the Glass House for the "Junior Band of the Year" competition and continuation of the Family Fun Day activities until 6 pm
Admission: FREE for spectators. Junior masqueraders must be part of a participating school group.
Donna Myrie-Stephen, Cayman Carnival Batabano Chairperson beamed: "Let there be no doubt about it - Batabano continues to be a lucrative and growing cultural national event and tourism product for our islands, and for our people.
"Batabano traces back almost 4 decades of our people's creative vision and dedication to uphold and preserve a cultural event that is distinctively Caribbean, yet uniquely Caymanian by its very name and seasonality. Today, coupled with its unique native connection to Cayman’s turtling heritage, Batabano’s purpose has evolved beyond just the revelry. It engenders new friendships, generates new business, and stimulates creativity and socio-economic development."
For more information, visit the official website here.