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Cayman Carnival Batabano

Each year the Cayman Islands are filled with explosions of colour, displays of creativity and the spirit of the Cayman culture. Thousands of people, both residents and visitors, take to the streets in what is the Island’s national carnival, the Cayman Carnival Batabano.

hero_Cayman-Carnival-Batabano_670xANY_01The Carnival was first launched in 1983 by the Rotary Club. It’s aptly named, Batabano, after the word used to describe the tracks found in the sand when the sea turtles come ashore to nest. The carnival is a celebratory nod to Cayman’s turtling heritage and is an event enjoyed by everyone.

There is an adult carnival which is filled with music, dancing, costumes, floats and food galore. It’s a truly spectacular event that embodies the spirit of Cayman.

There is also a junior carnival which is held in George Town. This one-day event is packed with colour, music and creativity, with the best junior band costumes being awarded by the pageant judges. All this partying fun is followed by face painting, mask decorating and food stalls to feed the hungry partygoers.


The whole event is a kaleidoscope of music, dance and celebration which are rooted in the region’s diverse historical influences.

This year’s event runs from the 28th of April through to the 5th of May and is a vibrant highlight of the Island’s entertainment calendar.

If you’re visiting the islands during this time and don’t want to miss out on the celebrations, you can find all information and tickets here.