Carnival revelers from around the world are looking forward to CayMAS Carnival this July 2, 2022, Cayman’s signature summer carnival event.
Coming from humble beginnings, the popular CayMAS Carnival has grown from a gathering of a few hundred people to thousands of participants, each enjoying what the carnival has to offer specifically and what the Cayman Islands has to offer in general.
The specifics of the CayMAS Carnival that revelers enjoy include colourful costumes, local and international bands and, of course, a chance to “whine up” to their favourite soca music, which sometime feels like an amazing workout during and after the carnival.
While participating in the CayMAS Carnival, visitors will also get to experience the food, culture and other sights on display in the Cayman Islands. The combination of the CayMAS Carnival and these attractions could mean that thousands of people could be on island this July for the event, which may generate revenue not just for the organisers, Swanky International, but for hotels, restaurants, rental companies, tour operators and others in the hospitality industry that cater to tourists.
Craig “Festa” Frederick of Swanky International and CayMas Carnival
The diversity of the CayMAS Carnival is also an interesting observation to note. This is because it is not just a parade consisting of local “indigenous” people, but, instead it is melting pot of locals, foreign workers representing over 100 nationalities on the island and visitors alike. It is therefore a more “inclusive” event than some others and celebrates all people who love Cayman, whether travelling thousands of miles to get here or who are permanently living on the “rock.”
Looking forward to the CayMAS Carnival event in July, one can see that the opportunities for the exchange of culture and tourism are endless. However, there is a catch, as they say.
The catch is that COVID-19 rules in the Cayman Islands still pose limitations on the number of people that may gather in a public place or participate in a parade or carnival, which is believed to be in the region of one thousand people who are permitted to be in the same place at the same time. From a layperson’s standpoint, however, when this is compared to the thousands of tourists disembarking cruise ships daily, the logic of the restrictions appear to be brought into question. This is because, practically speaking, the only thing missing from the picture of thousands of tourists walking around closely together in downtown George Town is the carnival music. If no “outbreak” has occurred in the visiting cruise ship tourist scenario, then there is nothing to suggest that an event like CayMAS will not produce a similar, safe result in July.
One must also bear in mind that Cayman’s COVID-19 infection rate has gone down rapidly and most people here are vaccinated against COVID-19. The new government therefore has the health issue and COVID-19 risks fairly “under control,” so-to-speak.
People can also enhance their personal safety during the CayMAS Carnival by not moving far beyond their bands or groups, each of which will consist of a diverse number of people.
The change in the limitations, however, may be down to Cayman’s Medical Officer of Health, who may have the power under the COVID-19 regulations to make an exemption in this instance, specifying that the capacity limit will not apply in the case of this one happy, sought-after event.
Cynthia Hernandez showing off her CayMas costume