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Revelers turn to social media to choose a side in CayMAS/Braccanal date clash

CayMAS and Braccanal are just days away and now local carnival goers are turning to social media for help to choose which event to attend this weekend. Both events are running on the same date for a second year in a row, Cayman 27’s Carolina Lopez has more.

It’s a debate that’s been raging since last year when Braccanal and CayMAS fell on the same date. Now party-goers are turning to social media polls to help them choose, but CayMAS masquerader Rohann Tibbetts said there’s no question which one to attend.

“I like the whole atmosphere of everyone wearing a costume, everyone having fun,” said Mr. Tibbetts.

Caymanian masqueraders created polls on Twitter and Instagram asking people to vote between the two. But while CayMAS has more votes, Braccanal masquerader Joshua Parsons said his vote is always clear.

“I’ve been going for the last three or four years now and it’s always been a great time and its a good weekend getaway with all your friends,” said Mr. Parsons.

We reached out to the Braccanal Committee on the polls, but they declined an on-camera interview. They sent us this statement instead, “We are excited about another successful Braccanal and looking forward to many more. This is all we have to contribute to your story.”

Even if there appears to be some tension between the different Carnivals, CayMAS Carnival Chairman Wayne Kirkconnell said they are focusing on a bigger picture.

“Cayman Islands, all three islands is the focal point of CayMAS Carnival. Our goal is to unite all carnivals for the same cause, tourism throughout and prosperity throughout,” said Mr. Kirkconnell.

The topic of the Caymas dates can be a touchy subject, but Mr. Kirkconnell said the May holiday weekend was the obvious choice for CayMAS.

Mr. Kirkconnell said everyone needs to get past some of the issues to work together.

“Unfortunately we were stepping on a couple of toes, I wouldn’t say (it’s) going to be a problem as much we just need to get past some of the issues and work with each other to make it grow for all three islands,” said Mr. Kirkconnell.

With one more week to go for both events the polls will continue to grow, but in the end, the objective is to have fun whichever event masqueraders choose.

Braccanal and CayMAS will be held this weekend. These are the last Carnival events happening for a while until Pirates Week.

About the author

Reshma Ragoonath

Reshma Ragoonath

Reshma Ragoonath is a Trinidadian journalist with 18 years media experience with a strong background in print with her most recent stint at The Cayman Reporter. She has a BA in Mass Communications, as well as, an Associate degree in Journalism and Public Relations.

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