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Cape Town Carnival: A Riot of Colour and Camaraderie

A Cape Town Riot of Colour and Camaraderie

There will be dancing in the streets of Cape Town on 14 March 2015 when the Cape Town Carnival street parade, blasts off at the Green Point Fan Walk on 14 March 2015 in luxurious living colour.



This year we are getting back to basics with a grand celebration, under the name ‘elemental, which salutes those forces that keep us on the go – earth, wind, water and fire. Participants can also look forward to a fifth element of fantastically coloured fun during this event, for sure.

Here’s the drill. Get down to the Fan Walk early to secure yourself a good vantage point in the wings for the 7pm kick off. Most spectators start arriving around 3pm, and the streets are closed from 6pm for the proceedings. I like to book a spot at one of the restaurants overlooking the street, for a bird’s eye view of the fun. There are plenty of other side-line activities to keep you fed and watered while you wait, such as kiddie’s activities, drinks, and street food supplied by local vendors and the carnival engenders a great sense of community and camaraderie throughout the event.

The Cape Town Carnival brings together local communities in a grand display of African culture as portrayed in the arts – particularly music and dance. Wave after wave of colourful floats, will keep you enthralled with wild and wacky costumes, choreographed moves and speciality acts to leave you gasping with delight. Over 2 000 performers, across various genres, will be strutting their stuff this year.

Afterwards, it’s off to bed with the children, while the big people get to enjoy the luxury of Cape Town nightlife at the Redd’s open-air after party, or any of the venues in the nearby V&A Waterfront.

So get out your best carny clothing, put on your dancing shoes, and get down to the Fan Walk on 14 March for a taste of Cape Town culture at its vibrant best.

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