Up to 50 000 people are expected to join the hip-and-happening crowd and enjoy the live music, giant floats and eye-catching costumes, street food and local celebrities at the Cape Town Carnival.
“We’ve seen the carnival grow bigger each year since the first one in 2010 – it’s the party everyone wants to be at,” says creative director Brad Baard of the annual parade that showcases and celebrates the inventiveness and diversity of Cape Town and South Africa. The theme for this year is “AMAZA – Ocean Odyssey” and the floats and costumes look set to cover the gamut of dolphins and whales, fishermen and surfers, penguins and deep-sea creatures, strandlopers, treasure and sunlit beaches.
The carnival offers more than just entertainment, as local entrepreneurs get to sell their array of eats and drinks, trinkets and mementos. New York-based international singing star Oshri will perform this year’s theme song live at the parade, while local marching bands, drummers and performers will contribute their talents to the musical festivities, with the street party carrying on until midnight.
Date: Saturday, 18 March 2017
Time: 15h00 – Green Point Fan Walk Festivities along the Fan Walk kick off
19h00 – Parade starts with spectacle of shore-loving sea creatures and will dive deeper into the ocean with each float and performance. The parade will end at the majestic fictional under-sea city of Atlantis.
Entry: Tickets are now on sale on the Cape Town Carnival website for seated areas along the parade route. The parade area entry is free.
Source: Cape Town Carnival. Image: Pixabay