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About Us

Cayman Carnival Batabano – the Cayman Island's national carnival – is held annually during the first week of May. Batabano is a vibrant highlight in the island's entertainment calendar offering two weekends of colour, music and togetherness. The festival's original name, is a salute to Cayman's turtling heritage – the word 'Batabano' refer to the tracks left behind.

How to book your costume?

If you decide to jump and would like to book a costume, please visit the Mas Band page at http://www.caymancarnival.com/batabanomasbands

Key Selling Points

  • Established Carnival celebrating 35 years
  • Considered the boutique intimate carnival of the Caribbean where
  • A carnival that makes everyone feel a part of the experience.
  • It is one of the few carnivals that provide million-dollar views like world famous Seven Mile Beach as you celebrate the day.

The History Of Cayman Carnival Batabano

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Launched in 1983 by the Rotary Club of Grand Cayman and now in its 35th year,Cayman Carnival Batabano – the island’s national carnival – is held annually during the first week of May – a vibrant highlight in the island’s entertainment calendar, organized by a volunteer committee chaired for past 18 years by well-known local impresario Donna Myrie-Stephen. The carnival has grown by leaps and bounds since it’s inception, and now also includes a Junior carnival.

The festival’s original name, Batabano, 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!

 
Pageantry Of Batabano

Pageantry Of Batabano

Carnival itself is joyous, cultural celebration throughout the Caribbean – a kaleidoscope of music, dance and pageantry, rooted in the region’s diverse historical influences. Colourful costumes reflect the vibrant landscapes, heritage and culture, with the music the very rhythm of island life. Carnival in the Cayman Islands has a distinct flavour as the islands are home to a melting pot of over 100 nationalities – one country celebrating many cultures!

The energy of Cayman Carnival Batabano is electrifying, with thousands of locals and visitors flocking to the streets to enjoy the signature,spirited parade, a creative panoply of costumes, choreography and floats that becomes more elaborate each year.

It is a time to celebrate local surroundings, to showcase creativity, to voice social issues and, of course, to party and unite – and there’s nothing like a great party to bring people together!

View Batabano Parade Map

 

About Junior Carnival

Junior Carnival

Junior Carnival

Cayman Carnival Junior Batabano is a family-friendly festival for the islands’ youth. Introduced in 2002, this colorful cultural showcase marks its 16th. anniversary this year! Junior Carnival has grown from a small program that preceded the adult parade to its very own one-day event.

Held in the capital, George Town, Junior Batabano features children frolicking in a lively cavalcade of color, music and creativity before parading for the pageant judges, who have the unenviable task of selecting the best Junior band. Afterwards, the fun continues with face painting, mask decorating and food stalls presented by school PTAs.

The goal of Junior Carnival Batabano is to promote Cayman’s unique culture and to create a safe, fun-filled, family oriented experience.

 
Junior Batabano 2016

Junior Batabano

In response to the growing interest of local schools for student participation in the street parade, the committee introduced “Junior Batabano” in 2002 as part of the overall one -day street parade. However, the continued growth and development of the Junior Parade prompted the committee in 2005 to launch a stand alone street parade for Cayman’s youth called “Junior Carnival Batabano”, which usually takes place on the weekend before the adult parade. Junior Batabano creates a safe environment for children to play “mas”.

Presenting Sponsor

Junior Batabano 2018
 

Junior Batabano Events

Saturday May 11, 2019

Venue: Old Government Administrative Building (Glass House)

View Junior Batabano Parade Map