September 19, 2020

Brac Pirates Plan Moving Forward

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Once again the Brac Pirates Week Committee is moving ahead with plans for a spectacular event the last weekend of November. The group is working to include the entire community of Cayman Brac in the parade. Letters have gone out to businesses, schools and local chapters of service clubs requesting their participation in the Pirates Week Parade.

If your business or group has not received a letter, don’t think you’re not expected or invited to be involved.  Contact Melonie Scott at 916-2380 or email [email protected] if you’re interested in taking part or need further information.

The letters distributed have registration forms attached that must be submitted to Heritage House by 8 October. A workshop for all registered floats or marching teams is planned at Heritage House on the following Saturday 15 October. It aims to assist anyone needing help to develop a design sketch or idea, construction advice, securing a trailer or truck for pulling, costume ideas or any other helpful information to assist interested parties in becoming active with the parade facet of the Pirates Week event in the Brac.

Not everyone is expected to enter a float. A group may wish to walk in the parade in a uniformed procession with banners or flags displaying their group’s name or interests.   Such representation may better suit interested parties whose workload or schedules can’t appropriate extra time for float construction.

Floats are considered live advertisements broadcasting a company’s name and the business’s community commitment. Pirates Week has long been a well-established festival with a well-earned reputation throughout international markets.

The local Brac group is offering schools and non-profit organisations or service clubs exemption from the $50 entry fee. However, a signed registration form must be submitted by the above-mentioned deadline and everyone involved must clearly understand and comply with the rules and regulations therein.

The committee is restructuring their focus back on the fact that Pirates Week is the celebration for the opening of our annual tourism season. Being ever mindful of our economic hardships in recent and current times, they are reaching out to every aspect of the community for participation. This is the ‘big shout’ to the public locally and worldwide that the Brac is open for business and ready to welcome all visitors to the unique features and qualities of this sister island.

More fundraising is needed to make sure plans go according to expectations. Those efforts will continue this month with plans for a Dominoes Championship and a Fish Fry at the month’s end.  October has a Festival Queen Pageant scheduled as well. Details are being finalised so stay tuned for firm dates, times and more information.  Pencil in your calendars for flights, and secure your accommodations and rental cars. The fun is just beginning in Cayman Brac. Make sure you’re a part of it.

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