The Cape Town Carnival 2016
The 7th edition of the Cape Town Carnival is soon to be gracing the shores of the Mother City on the 12th of March 2016. The annually-held event aims to showcase the diversity of South Africans. It celebrates the fact that we are not the same, but stand as a united whole in the spirit of 'Ubuntu'. There will be a strong focus on our relationships with each other, our environment and themes of re-using, recycling and re-imagining will be put into place.
Each year, thousands of spectators flock to the Green Point Fan Walk to view the sights of vibrantly coloured costumes, a procession of awe-striking, elaborate floats, performance art and choreographed dancing, music playing, fire poi, and a myriad of endless creativity and energy. This year's theme is 'street life' - spectators will be privy to displays that creatively depict this line of thought.
There will be more than 2500 participants, with each group or dance academy having about 200 dancers representing them. They come together in a series of elaborate floats, each representing a sub-theme falling under the main theme. The floats will be characterised by specially-designed costumes, choreography and the elaborately constructed structure of the floats themselves.
The extravaganza starts off at the Gallows Hill Traffic Department parking lot, turning the otherwise nondescript pavement into party central - with lively music and all-around merriment. The main event, the procession of the floats, begins with a literal bang (with a display of fireworks) at 7:30 pm.
In addition to the street parade, visitors can enjoy delicious foods sold by food vendors, stalls and festive hospitality areas
Following the end of the parade, those who are looking to party on can do so at the 'After Party'. Here you'll be able to dance the night away while listening to some good beats.
Besides being one of the most lively events of the year, the carnival also serves a worthy cause and operates as an NGO (non-governmental organisation. It aims to promote social cohesion, economic development and tourism, and training and development, especially among the youth and local communities.
This is a free event, and the parade begins at 7:30 pm, going on into the late hours.
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