Rotary Club helps Junior Batabano go on the road

| 10/04/2019
CNS Local Life
Donna Myrie-Stephen of Batabano accepts sponsorship cheque from Lawrence Edwards of the Rotary Club of Grand Cayman

(CNS Local Life): The Rotary Club of Grand Cayman has returned as a sponsor of the Junior Batabano Street Parade and Family Fun Day, continuing a tradition that began when the service organisation came on as a founding supporter of the event 18 years ago. This year’s parade is set for 11 May.

“It is an absolute pleasure for the Rotary Club of Grand Cayman to be supporting Junior Batabano once again this year,” said Lawrence Edwards, president of the Rotary Club of Grand Cayman, which also was a founder of parent festival Batabano 36 years ago. “People sometimes forget, but Rotary in Grand Cayman was there at the very inception of Junior Batabano some 18 years ago,” he said in a press release. “Congratulations to everyone involved in organising and growing this celebration, especially the children involved – be proud and celebrate your heritage… creative with the dancing and arts and, above all, have a pile of fun.”

Cayman Carnival Batabano chairperson, Donna Myrie-Stephen congratulated the Rotary Club for its “forward thinking and vision” in founding the festival, adding, “We are honoured and proud of the club’s continued support of Junior Batabano as well, year after year (except in 2018) since its inception…and we look forward to their ongoing support of Cayman’s youth through this cultural artistic avenue.”

Junior Batabano events start with “Pan and Pooches on Parade” on Friday, 10 May, at 5:30pm, at a location to be confirmed. On the following day, the Family Fun Day activities begin at 1pm with interactive booths and food vendors on the grounds of the old Glass House in George Town, with the parade starting from the same location at 3pm.

The parade wraps around George Town and returns to the Glass House where each junior mas band will perform as they cross the stage, vying for Junior Batabano Band of the Year. The event ends at 6pm, and is followed by the annual teen dance at King’s Sports Centre.  

For more information about Junior Batabano, or to become a sponsor, go to the Cayman Carnival website or email

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