Friday, May 7, 2021
Dear Batabano Nation,
The non-profit Cayman Carnival Batabano organisation has been planning the 2021 Cayman Carnival Batabano Parade and Events all year for May, and after a long wait, we are thrilled to announce that the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service (RCIPS) has on Friday May 7, 2021 granted Road Closure Approval for a rescheduled date just for this year - Saturday June 26th, 2021!
Given the delayed Road Closure approval, it was with the majority support of our Batabano Mas Bands that we chose to reschedule, rather than cancel, Cayman's national carnival this year, because we know how important it is as a national unifier and celebration of life, especially during these times.
We are grateful to the RCIPS for working with us on the new date for 2021. Batabano will return to the second weekend in May in 2022 and beyond, with Junior Batabano on the first weekend in May. Save The Dates!
But for June 26th this year...
We are ready!
Batabano Mas Bands are ready!
And we know that you masqueraders and spectators are ready because you've been blowing up our phones and DMs asking for Batabano!
Per our Road Closure agreement with the RCIPS, the Batabano non-profit organization remains committed to ensuring the health and safety of our community during our parade and events, and as such, this year's Batabano parade will be on a much smaller scale, with a strictly limited number of mas bands, masqueraders, vendors, and support teams on the road and at events. All is subject to change when the current COVID-19 Regulations expire on May 15, 2021.
Seven Mile Public Beach to Harbour Drive, 2pm-6pm.
It will definitely be worth the wait!
Stay tuned for costume sale updates from participating Batabano Mas Bands...and more!
NOTE: Cayman's borders remain closed to visitors at this time and is expected to still be closed at the time of this parade. Anyone expecting to be in quarantine on Grand Cayman at the time of the parade are reminded that the fine for any quarantine breach is up to CI$10,000 per person and jail time of up to two years.