The streets of Cape Town will come alive with dancing, music, floats and costumes on the night of Saturday, March 12, when thousands of revelers come out to celebrate the 7th annual Cape Town Carnival.
#StreetLife, the theme of this year’s event, is meant to highlight the fact that the Mother City is a diverse, eclectic hub encompassing people of all vocations and passions, including fire-fighters, street sweepers, municipal workers, school children, business people, sports and leisure activities, nightlife, and of course, party-goers!
Cape Town Carnival Creative Director Brad Baard says “Street Life is about the people and dynamics at play in a public space. Towns and cities are built of people and relationships, not bricks and concrete. We all have different styles and cultures, but are connected by the vibrancy of the streets. ‘Street Life’ aims to make these invisible connections visible.”
The mesmerising giant floats, wacky puppets and amazing specialty acts are each purposefully designed, built and choreographed specifically for the ‘Street Life’ theme.
Festivities will be centered around The Green Point Fan Walk on Somerset Road, a 2km long area lined with bars, restaurants, cafes and food vendors. Two separate stages will feature live music and DJs throughout the day and night. Over 2,000 dazzling costumed performers and musicians will take over the Fan Walk, entertaining viewers with magical floats and vibrant dance routines. Comedian Siv Ngesi will be participating for his third year, and other local personalities like Liezel van der Westhuizen, Zoe Brown and Danny Ross will be joining the parade.
Officials expect over 55,000 people to come to this year’s celebration. If you plan to attend, make sure you wear your own unique dazzling Cape Town Carnival mask – after all, the carnival is an invitation to create and participate!
Here is a video of what you can expect:
Activities will start at 15:00, followed by the two-and-a-half-hour-long parade at 19:00. At 21:30, the Fan Walk area will turn into a giant open-air street party.
While the event is free, those who want the best view of the action can purchase tickets to secure elevated seats along the route here: https://www.quicket.co.za/events/13869-cape-town-carnival/#/
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