As an anthropologist, the striking notion about such festivals, like carnivals, is that it gives a chance for people from all walks of life to share a common interest. The ultra-wealthy and the struggling artist can stand side by side and feel a sense of togetherness; something that rarely happens in ordinary life. Community spirit gets strengthened, and social cohesion is fostered; there is also the fact that festivals are fun for everyone.
I visited the Cayman Islands to learn more about Batabano. I could tell the people love this festival; many shops have mannequins dressed in flamboyant costumes with magnificent headdresses sequined and adorned with colorful plumes. Our host hotel, Grand Cayman Marriott Beach Resort, sits right on 7 Mile Beach. Oh, the sugary white sand and turquoise water is to die for. This is one fantastic upscale resort!