Batabano or CayMas?

For the first time in its 35 years Carnival history the Cayman Islands hosted two different Carnivals on two consecutive weekends.   Batabano the original Cayman Carnival held theirs on Saturday May 6 and CayMas a breakaway troupe held theirs on May 13.  Swanky International led the second parade.     There were three bands …

Saved by the “Cachot”

Cachot is the French word for "dungeon" On that fateful morning in May 1902 in the North of Martinique,  Mt. Pelee, meaning "bald mountain", erupted into thick dark clouds raining hot ashes and spewing deadly fumes onto the bustling town  of Saint Pierre,  at the time the largest town in Martinique and popularly known as …