Photo: Cayman Islands Department of Tourism
Photo: Cayman Islands Department of Tourism

Join the fun and festivities at the Cayman Islands carnival

The Cayman Islands carnival, known as Batabano, is May 7. Delta offers nonstop flights from Atlanta's Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) to Grand Cayman's Owen Roberts International Airport (GCM) that are just under three hours, which makes it an easy escape for this vibrant weekend in the Caribbean.

The weekend begins with the official Batabano Friday Night Fete on May 6 on Harbour Drive in George Town. The night includes internationally-renowned Soca artists and DJs, in addition to local artists. 

For a less formal fete, join the street party and festival, with live performances from popular bands from all over the Caribbean.

The main event is the adult street parade May 7, which features an amalgamation of color and sound that begins at the world-famous Seven Mile Beach and concludes at Harbour Drive. Visitors can join locals and parade – or "jump" as Caymanians say – down the streets of Grand Cayman in a spectacular arrangement of neon costumes and joyful soca music. Stilt walkers, acrobats, and limbo dancers are also part of the action.

The electrifying energy of the festival continues with a street party, where festival attendees dance the night away to music from local artists and visiting bands. Visit the food festival featuring local favorites and international cuisines from more than 20 of Grand Cayman's premier restaurants.

For a complete list of events, visit www.caymancarnival.com.

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