Fresh Carnival is Batabano “Band Of The Year” 2017

The 34th annual Cayman Carnival Batabano culminated on Saturday May 6th, 2017 with Fresh Carnival taking home the coveted “Band Of The Year” title for the second year in a row. Tribal came in a close second by only 1 point.

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Hopscotch elevates Batabano concert with superior event production

Entertainers at Batabano’s Friday night fete on Harbour Drive May 5th, 2017 will be performing on a state-of-art stage with professional sound and lighting by Cayman’s largest full service production company, Hopscotch Productions!

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Red Bay Primary wins Junior Batabano’s “Band of the Year”

Red Bay Primary School won the coveted “Band of the Year” award at this year’s 15th annual Junior Batabano parade, with their theme portrayal “Cockatoo”.

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Junior Batabano celebrates 15th anniversary

For its 15th year, Junior Batabano hits the streets of George Town on Saturday April 29, 2017, with a record-breaking participation of more than 300 children and teens.

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Overview of Junior Batabano events 2017

Junior Batabano is celebrating its 15th anniversary this year, with the annual Street Parade and Family Fun day, Steelpan Concert, and Teen Jam.

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Batabano J’Ouvert road parade returns for second year

With its own spin on a Caribbean carnival tradition, Cayman Carnival Batabano is hosting its second J’Ouvert road parade and breakfast fete on Saturday, April 22, 2017.

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Lone Star returns as a Batabano Hot Spot

One of the most popular establishments along Grand Cayman’s West Bay Road, Lone Star Bar and Grill, will once again be a “Batabano Hot Spot” during the annual national carnival on Saturday May 6th, 2017.

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Cayman Carnival Batabano attracts award-winning mas band from Toronto

Cayman Carnival Batabano’s steadfast reputation as Cayman’s national carnival since 1983 has attracted the participation of award-winning international masquerade (mas) bands for the first time, Carnival Nationz.

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New Mas Band Association to reveal 2017 Batabano costumes

In an unprecedented show of unified support for Cayman Carnival Batabano, local Masquerade (Mas) Bands have come together and formed the first Cayman Islands Masquerade Bands Association (CIMBA), and will be holding Cayman’s first collective band launch event to showcase the costume designs of all Mas Bands that will be on the road in Batabano on May 6th, 2017.

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Batabano costume designer, Reba Dilbert, discusses her 2017 designs

Award-winning Caymanian Batabano costume designer, Reba Dilbert, told the Cayman Compass: “My topic this year will be Cayman flora and fauna. Personally, I am tired of seeing just feathers and nothing creative behind it. My creations will be the beautiful hibiscus trees, parrots, black ‘ching chings’ with gold beaks, and iguanas.”

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Travel and Leisure lists Batabano as a notable carnival in the region

Published by: Travel and Leisure

Travel and Leisure lists Cayman Carnival Batabano as a notable carnival in the region, held the first weekend in May along the legendary Seven Mile Beach.

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Reba Dilbert – Cayman’s carnival costume designer

Larger-than-life and infinitely more colorful than the show-stopping costumes she creates, Reba Dilbert is Cayman’s carnival and pageant couture queen.

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Cayman Reporter: “Wave your hands and jump up!”

The carnival season is upon us in the Caribbean; music sorted, costumes finished, food marinated, drinks chilled and bodies honed. Cayman has its own Batabano in May, a time to enjoy the thumping soca sounds and party the weekend away.

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Cayman National Bank supports the national Carnival, Batabano

Cayman National Bank (CNB) has signed on as the official sponsor of the “Blocko with Pan Beat Competition” taking place on Saturday April 29, 2017 during Junior Batabano.

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Batabano “astonishes” in the Cayman Islands

With Thousands of Spectacular Costumes, Food, Drink and Music By Anton Anderssen, I love a parade. I also love festivals. My post-doctorate studies are in cultural anthropology; as an anthropologist, we recognize that festivals “offer a unified focus for learning about history, government, community, social interaction, traditional values, and social change” (Audrey C. Shalinsky).

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Batabano launches 34th carnival season

Presented by telecom giant FLOW, the Cayman Carnival Batabano committee is gearing up for its 34th carnival season in the Cayman Islands with the re-introduction of the Kings and Queens costume competition and a number of events slated for its usual weekend spot on the Cayman calendar of events, May 4-6, 2017. Local schools and

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Published by: Vicki Wheaton
Friday April 22nd 2016

For the first time ever, Cayman Carnival is bringing a J’Ouvert Parade to Cayman as part of the annual Batabano Festival.
Early birds need to set their alarm clocks, because believe it or not, the parade begins at 4 a.m. Yep – you read that correctly – 4 o’clock in the a.m. It’s like a marathon for revelers.

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Published by: Cayman Compass
Thursday April 28th 2016

Cayman Compass – April 28 2016 Youngsters are encouraged to get into the carnival spirit with this year’s Junior Batabano. The event, which includes a family fun day, takes place on Saturday. More than 200 children from local schools and youth groups are already signed up to join in the colorful parade, which kicks off

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Cayman First Ever Jouvert Parade.

There was no other way to describe this event but Epic, as History was made with this first ever Jouvert road parade!

Indeed the Cayman Carnival Batabano Committee undertook the inaugural challenge and successfully hosted the pre-dawn Jouvert parade combined with its muddied and painted masqueraders, drinks truck, music truck, a breakfast styled beach cool down along with water truck vibes.

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Junior Batabano shows how this dancing thing is done

Published by: Joe Shooman
Friday April 20th 2012

The skill of Cayman’s dancers is renowned – as it should be, because the kids start at a young age.
The moves will be out in full force on Saturday, 28 April as it’s Junior Batabano, the traditional curtain-raiser to the main event and in and of itself a fabulously colourful, energetic, fun and family-oriented day of Caribbean magic. The family fun day begins at 1pm at Camana Bay.

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Junior Batabano is a showcase for Cayman kids’ energy and imagination

Published by: Joe Shooman
Friday April 26th 2013

The brilliant Junior Batabano and Family Fun Day takes place on Saturday, 27 April and will be a joyous occasion.
Wendyann George of the Batabano committee tells us that the bash is set to be the best ever.
“This year the parade is back at the Glass House in George Town and there is a family fun day that starts at 1pm. The parade is 3pm.

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Get ready to jump up at Cayman Carnival Batabano

Published by: Joanna Lewis
Thursday May 01st 2008

Cayman Carnival Batabano is in full swing, and revellers can look forward to an exciting line-up of events this weekend.
Celebrating its 25th anniversary, organisers have promised an event of monumental proportions, with more carnival fun than ever before.
Tonight a slew of international soca stars will gather at the Old Treehouse, at the junction of North Church Street and Eastern Avenue.

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Get ready for the big Batabano bash

Published by: Staff 
Friday May 03rd 2013

Cayman Carnival Batabano is a riot of colour, dance, music and friends old and new.
Longstanding festival queen-type person Donna Myrie of the organising committee tells us all about what to expect.
“Batabano is a celebration of life. The costumes will definitely be the highlight and the feature of the parade. The masquerade – mas – bands and the parade are spectacular.

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Get ready for Cayman Carnival Batabano

Published by: Joe Shooman
Friday March 05th 2010

It’s colourful, vibrant, exciting, and masses of fun. Since 1983 Cayman Carnival Batabano has become one of the highlights of the entertainment calendar of Cayman. A carnival of the like that only the Caribbean can pull off, Batabano is a cultural kaleidoscope of music, dance and pageantry and the main event takes place from 29 April to 1 May.

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Get on board with Batabano

Published by: Staff
Friday May 02nd 2014

Sequins, feathers, music and revelry will fill the streets this weekend as Cayman Carnival Batabano returns for its 31st year.
An intrinsic part of Caribbean culture, Batabano starts Friday with the “Touch the Sky” happy hour from 5 p.m. at the Sky Lounge bar, George Town, with live entertainment from visiting musicians the Caribbean Divas and popular Trinidadian soca artist Oscar B.

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Feel the island rhythm of Batabano

Published by: Lisa Boushy
Friday May 01st 2015

Are you ready for the electrifying energy of Cayman Carnival Batabano – to dance and jump to the island’s rhythms and beats?
The multi-faceted annual event has already included a highly successful Junior Batabano and Family Fun Day; gala dinner and concert featuring the legendary Byron Lee’s Dragonaires; and bar hop that has seen various bars throughout Grand Cayman compete for best “BataSpirit” beverage with Batabano’s official custom-made rum, courtesy of Cayman Spirits.

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Byron Lee is special entertainer for Batabano

Thursday April 14th 2005

Soca lovers and carnival fans are in for a special treat this year as organisers of this year’s Cable & Wireless Cayman Carnival Batabano have revealed that the acclaimed soca band Byron Lee and the Dragonaires will be the special guest artist for Batabano 2005.
‘Byron Lee and the Dragonaires are well-known to people in Cayman, but this will be their first ever performance at Cayman Carnival Batabano.

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Batabano offers more with two carnivals in one

Published by: Joanna Lewis
Monday May 01st 2006

Batabano Carnival kicks off a week today, bringing two separate street parades for the first time in its 22 year history.
Batabano, which started life as a single day event, will feature a stand-alone junior street parade as well as the usual adult parade, a move by organisers to give more emphasis to junior carnival.

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Batabano offered as a stress reliever

Tuesday February 01st 2005

Organisers of the Cable & Wireless Cayman Carnival Batabano are working hard to finalise arrangements for this year’s festival, which is scheduled for Wednesday 4 May – Sunday 8 May.
The line up for this year’s celebrations includes favourites from previous carnivals and exciting new events, as the Batabano Committee strives to include diverse events to allow all sections of the community to participate in the festivities, states a press release.

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Batabano has come a long way

Published by: Vicki Wheaton
Tuesday March 05th 2013

Batabano 2013 kicked off with a celebration of its 30th anniversary at the Rooftop Bar and Lounge on the evening of Thursday, 28 February.
High-top tables were draped in colourful fabrics sporting feathered centrepieces, while impressive carnival costumes were displayed on the staircase and around the open-air lounge area.

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Batabano Carnival time is here!

Published by: Vicki Wheaton
Friday April 05th 2013

Believe it or not, Batabano is celebrating 30 years in the Cayman Islands this year. What began as a vision back in the early 80s has morphed into a huge annual carnival event with the energetic Donna Myrie at the helm.
The costumes are bigger, the music is more vibrant, the parade is longer and the fun is greater!

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Batabano Carnival keeps on growing

Friday March 17th 2006

With less than two months until the start of Cayman Carnival Batabano 2006, organisers are excited to announce this year’s event line-up that features some exciting changes from previous years, a press release said.
Having started life as a single-day carnival 19 years ago, Cayman Carnival Batabano has grown to encompass a full spectrum of events taking place over three weekends.

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Batabano brings out thousands

Published by: Charles Duncan
Monday May 04th 2015

Calypso and soca – the rhythms that turn a street parade into Carnival – pulsed down West Bay Road Saturday afternoon, as colorfully clad dancers made their way into George Town in the last and main event of the annual Batabano festival.
Trucks were stacked with speakers, pushing music out to the dancers who followed.

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Batabano- Don’t stop the carnival!

Published by: Editorial Board
Wednesday May 07th 2014

By all accounts, this year’s Batabano festivities were a complete success.
Thousands of revelers from all walks of life marched, danced and otherwise promenaded down Seven Mile Beach to the Geroge Town waterfront in a wonderful menagerie of energy, song and whirling colors.

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