Cayman’s Batabano carnival on for May; J’Ouvert taking place in April | Loop Cayman Islands

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Plans for Cayman’s National Carnival, Cayman Carnival Batabano, are in high gear, with the annual parade slated for Saturday May 7, featuring a new route culminating with a huge stage for masqueraders to cross on Festival Green at Camana Bay. This will be the first live Batabano carnival event in two years due to COVID-19.

“We are super excited that the Cayman Islands has been welcoming back visitors to our shores again and is now in a position to be able to allow national cultural events like Batabano to resume,” said Batabano Chairperson, Donna Myrie-Stephen.

“Our applications are in to the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service (RCIPS) and to the Government’s Cabinet Office for the necessary permission to host our national carnival this year, and we expect favourable responses in light of the approvals given for other parades to take place last Summer under similar Regulations, coupled with the current efforts being made by Government and the private sector to reignite the country’s tourism industry, for both land and sea”.

Batabano, is one of the younger carnivals in the region, taking its place as a highly anticipated aspect of Cayman culture for going on four decades. The Rotary Club launched the first Cayman Carnival Batabano celebration in 1983 with the event being held in early May.

Batabano J’Ouvert signals the beginning of carnival celebrations and anyone planning to attend will need to set their alarms.

J’Ouvert takes place on Saturday April 30 at 4am at a secret location with tickets available at: or at Le Classique. The secret location will be announced at midnight on April 30.

All Jouvert packages ($75 for general) will include drinks and Caribbean breakfast, backpack and Tshirt, mud, paint and water truck. Premium packages ($100) include limited edition Batabano tees, limited edition backpack, souvenir water bottle and Jab Jab horns.

The Batabano Chairperson said the parade will take a different route this year due to ongoing works on Seafarer’s Way in George Town where the carnival usually culminates with a street dance. This year, the parade will start at a location on Esterly Tibbetts Highway, proceed along West Bay Road per usual, but turn towards Camana Bay where masqueraders will get to cross a huge stage for the first time in Batabano history. There will also be a festive Carnival Village, Food Festival, and Las Lap Fete into the night for both masqueraders as well as other patrons.

Participating Mas Bands this year include:

Tribal Carnival

Party Animals

Mas Azucar

A Reba Dilbert Creation

Asendn Mas Band

Estatic Mas Band

Fete For A Cause

Honduras Carnival Band

Shilpa’s Indian Band


Batabano Float