The name “Batabano” is synonymous with the Cayman Islands and the Caymanian way of life. A salute to Cayman’s turtling heritage, “Batabano” is the native name for the tracks left in the sand when seaturtles go ashore to nest, which has always been a cause for celebration in the Cayman Islands. Cayman Carnival Batabano is therefore ceremoniously held the first weekend in May as part of the celebration and awareness of the start of Turtle Nesting Season.
Established in 1983 by the Rotary Club of Grand Cayman, Cayman Carnival Batabano is a non-profit organisation, and is a multi-day carnival that includes a food festival, fetes, a street dance and a costume street parade. As the National Carnival of the Cayman Islands, Batabano is a major highlight on Grand Cayman’s cultural and entertainment calendar for residents and visitors who flock to the streets by the thousands!
A new road parade route launched in 2022 that began behind Cost U Less and headed to the Festival Green, Camana Bay.
The Batabano Committee run many exciting events in the week leading up to the Adult Street Parade, be sure to check out their website for a full calendar of events.
- Saturday Feb 25th 2023 - De' Road Callin' 5K Walk/Run
- Saturday Apr 22nd 2023 - Junior Batabano
- Saturday April 29th 2023 - J'ouvert Road Parade
- Wednesday May 3rd 2023 - Panorama Steel Pan Festival
- Thursday May 4th 2023 - International Kings & Queens Competition & Fete
- Friday May 5th 2023 - Friday Night Fete
- Saturday May 6th 2023 - Adult Street Parade, Carnival Village & Las' Lap
Cayman's second carnival, CayMAS, will be held Tuesday, 27th June to Monday, 3rd July 2023. Catch the carnival parade along West Bay Road and enjoy an explosion of Caribbean music, dancing and costumes that brings George Town to life with steel pan bands, floats and a parade.