In South Africa, the new year is traditionally marked by the Cape Town Carnival, and it is always consunmate fun. This year thousands of people took part, as in previous years.
The tradition, two century old tradition survived the apartheid era. Carnival recounts the slaves’ celebrations on January 2, the only day of the year when they were allowed to gather and relax. It was the day they were allowed to celebrate the New Year.
As always, participants and visitors were amazed and dazzled by the creativity and joy/
“Because it is an African (culture), how to say, a colourful culture, it is nice to be here. Just to sit and watch because you do it for your family, your wife, your children.” Yaseen Hoffman, spectator, is delighted.
The “Tweede Nuwe Jaar” (second New Year’s Eve in Afrikaner) celebrates the abolition of slavery in Cape Town province. The minstrel carnival is the city’s flagship event.
In addition to the parade, which extends a little over a kilometre, the carnival is intended for some to be a moment of communion and awareness.
“Our young people, basically, I keep them away from many crimes, etc. And for me, it’s fun, I love it. Walking down Wale Street with my troop behind me to see what I’ve been doing all year, the troop with me, it’s a great success.” Reminds Ziyaad Williams, owner, District Six Hanover Minstrels.
The event usually held in March was anticipated for 2019. It highlights and celebrates the vibrant diversity of Cape Town – and South Africa.
With more than 50 community groups, spectacular floats, giant puppets and extravagant costumes, the Green Point Fan Walk has come alive again.
The Cape Town Carnival is a provincial flagship project of the National Department of Arts and Culture.